Kewell back for Socceroos against Croatia

June 22, 2006

Australia coach Guus Hiddink recalls Harry Kewell to the starting XI for the clash with Croatia.

With the Socceroos in pole position to join Brazil in the last 16, Hiddink has selected Kewell alongside Tim Cahill for the first time in the tournament.

Liverpool winger Kewell escaped a suspension for his comments to referee Markus Merk after defeat to Brazil, so is eligible to take his place in the team.

But Mark Bresciano is left on the bench while Croatia are without banned defender Robert Kovac.

In the group's other game, Brazil rest Ronaldo, Emerson, Cafu and Roberto Carlos.

Robinho, Juninho, Gilberto, Gilberto Silva and Cicinho come in as Carlos Alberto Parreira makes five changes.

Croatia: Pletikosa, Simic, Tudor, Tomas, Simunic, Srna, Nico Kovac, Babic, Kranjcar, Prso, Olic. Subs: Balaban, Bosnjak, Butina, Didulica, Klasnic, Ivan Leko, Jerko Leko, Modric, Seric, Tokic, Vranjes.

Australia: Kalac, Neill, Moore, Chipperfield, Emerton, Grella, Culina, Cahill, Sterjovski, Kewell, Viduka. Subs: Aloisi, Beauchamp, Bresciano, Covic, Kennedy, Lazaridis, Milligan, Popovic, Schwarzer, Skoko, Thompson, Wilkshire.

Japan: Kawaguchi, Santos, Tsuboi, Kaji, Nakazawa, Hidetoshi Nakata, Ogasawara, Nakamura, Inamoto, Maki, Tamada. Subs: Doi, Endo, Fukunishi, Komano, Moniwa, Koji Nakata, Narazaki, Oguro, Ono, Takahara, Yanagisawa.

Brazil: Dida, Lucio, Juan, Cicinho, Gilberto, Kaka, Ronaldinho, Silva, Juninho, Ronaldo, Robinho. Subs: Adriano, Cafu, Carlos, Cris, Emerson, Fred, Julio Cesar, Luisao, Mineiro, Ricardinho, Rogerio, Ze Roberto.