WORLD CUP: Players to watch

Mark Viduka (Australia)

For a big man, Australia striker Mark Viduka possesses a delicate touch and close control that many smaller strikers would love to have and the Middlesbrough striker is the obvious candidate to lead the line for the Socceroos in only their second FIFA World Cup finals appearance.

The 6ft 2in striker of Croatian parentage began his career with hometown club Melbourne Knights. Viduka joined Celtic in 1998 and broke into the first team in 1999. He wasted no time making his mark as he was named Scottish Premier League Player of the Year in 1999/2000. Viduka won his first cap for Australia in 1994 and has amassed over 30 since then.

Harry Kewell (Australia)

Since making his move to England from Australia as a teenage schoolboy with a rucksack and a big dream, Harry Kewell has become the most famous Australian player of his generation, arguably of all time. Having won three Oceania Player of the Year honours and a Champions League winner’s medal, with Liverpool in 2004/05, he has become a hero in Austr-alia. After the 2002/03 season, he moved to the club he had supported as a boy, Liverpool. Australia coach Guus Hiddink will be hoping the left-footer’s revival continues in Germany, where he has made it clear Kewell will have a major role to play.