Australia goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer ruled out of World Cup warm-up

22 May 2010 09:42
Fulham's Europa League finalist Mark Schwarzer is out of Australia's friendly againstNew Zealand in Melbourne on Monday because of a thumb strain but is expectedto return in time for the World Cup.

Australia are the rank outsiders against Germany, Serbia and Ghana in Group Dbut ex-West Ham and Blackburn defender Lucas Neill believes they are stronger than 2006 when they reached the knockout stages before losing to Italy.

'We've learned a lot at club and international level in the time since Germany,' he said.

Hands down: Mark Schwarzer will miss Australia's warm-up match against New Zealand due to injury

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