SYDNEY, Aug 18 (Reuters) - Australia's new soccer coach Guus Hiddink has vowed to choose his strongest possible team for next month's World Cup qualifiers against the Solomon Islands.
Although the Australians are strong favourites to win the two-leg Oceania qualifying series, the Dutch coach says he does not want to take any chances.
'It is a huge task (making the World Cup finals) for all of us,' Hiddink said in a teleconference from the team's training camp in the Netherlands.
'I think it is convenient to have all possible players for the games against the Solomon Islands. I intend to bring the strongest squad in my view.'
Hiddink, who replaced Frank Farina as Australia coach last month, will announce his 20-man squad next week.
The teams will play each other in Sydney on September 3 before the second leg in Honiara three days later. The winner will advance to another two-leg tie against the fifth-placed South American team for a spot in next year's World Cup finals in Germany.
Australia have long had problems getting their best players released from their European clubs but Hiddink said he had sought assurances from all his players that they saw the World Cup as their top priority.
'Every one, without exception, is very committed. Especially (Liverpool midfielder) Harry Kewell, who is having a difficult time with injury,' Hiddink said.
'But he's very committed to be as much as possible in the squad. Now I am thinking about we can help him be in top shape - maybe to work with his club. He is very committed to the national team.'
Players who were invited to the training camp in the Netherlands include Kewell, goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer and striker Mark Viduka (both Middlesbrough) and Viduka's fellow striker John Aloisi, now with promoted Alaves in Spain.