Viduka to skip World Cup qualifiers

30 May 2009 11:13
Mark Viduka's international career could be over after the Newcastle striker told Australia coach Pim Verbeek he will not travel to join the squad for the final three World Cup qualifiers. Viduka was last week left out of the Socceroos' 30-man squad for the three matches against Qatar in Doha on June 7, Bahrain in Sydney on June 10 and Japan in Melbourne on June 17 after Verbeek gave the former national captain extra time to decide whether he wanted to play for his country or not. The negative response came on Saturday when Viduka contacted Verbeek to advise that he would not be available for selection for the upcoming three matches. Viduka, 33, is out of contract after Newcastle were relegated last week. "He told me that after a difficult season he needed a break from football to consider his future plans," Verbeek said. "Mark is currently out of contract and, while he is deciding what to do next, it would be difficult for him to fully concentrate on these important matches for Australia. "We respect his decision and wish him all the best over the coming weeks as he makes his next important decision."

Source: Eurosport