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Last Updated: Wednesday, 10 May 2006, 02:33 GMT 03:33 UK
Injured pair make Australia squad

Guus Hiddink
Hiddink guided Australia to their first finals since 1974
Australia coach Guus Hiddink has named injured duo Mark Schwarzer and Tim Cahill in his 23-man World Cup squad.

Midfielder Cahill suffered knee ligament damage playing for Everton, while goalkeeper Schwarzer broke his cheekbone playing for Middlesbrough.

Defenders Mark Milligan of Sydney FC and Central Coast Mariners' Michael Beauchamp were the only players from the domestic A-League to be named.

"The team is eager to surprise and get to the second round," said Hiddink.

One player Australia will definitely be without is veteran defender Tony Vidmar, 35, who was diagnosed with an irregular heart rhythm after breaking ribs playing for NAC Breda this season.

Australia will be taking part in their second finals having first made it to the latter stages in 1974.

The Socceroos guarnateed their place in Germany after winning the Oceania group before beating Uruguay on penalties in a two-legged encounter in November.

Hiddink, who took over from Frank Farina as coach, has taken his native Holland (1998) and South Korea (2002) to the last four of the World Cup.

Australia are in Group F along with Japan, Brazil and Croatia.


Goalkeepers: Mark Schwarzer (Middlesbrough, England), Zeljko Kalac (AC Milan, Italy), Ante Covic (Hammarby, Sweden)

Defenders: Michael Beauchamp (Central Coast), Craig Moore (Newcastle United, England), Lucas Neill (Blackburn Rovers, England), Tony Popovic (Crystal Palace, England), Mark Milligan (Sydney FC)

Midfielders: Marco Bresciano (Parma, Italy), Tim Cahill (Everton, England), Scott Chipperfield (Basle, Switzerland), Jason Culina (PSV Eindhoven, Holland), Brett Emerton (Blackburn Rovers, England), Vince Grella (Parma, Italy), Stan Lazaridis (free agent), Josip Skoko (Stoke City on loan from Wigan Athletic, England), Mile Sterjovski (Basle, Switzerland), Luke Wilkshire (Bristol City, England)

Forwards: John Aloisi (Alaves, Spain), Harry Kewell (Liverpool, England), Archie Thompson (PSV Eindhoven, Holland), Mark Viduka (Middlesbrough, England), Josh Kennedy (Dinamo Dreseden, Germany)



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