The German national team captain, who was part of Chelsea’s Premiership/FA Cup double winning team this season, was actually unaware of where Kewell had been playing recently when quizzed in an interview with Alpha magazine and when he heard it was with Galatasaray in the Turkish Super Lig, he said he thought he should be playing in a higher competition.
he playing now?” Ballack said.
“You see, I wasn't sure, I had to ask.
"He should be playing in a better league. A player of his big ability shouldn't have left the Premier League so early.
"He is a player who hasn't been consistent in his career. He can score two or three goals in a game, but in the next game there is nothing."
Ballack admitted that he was unsure how the Socceroos would perform at next month’s World Cup but did say the Germans would treat them with caution.
"We know we are in a tough group, and we expect Australia to give us a very difficult game. They are a strong and physical side, just like they were at the World Cup in 2006," he added.
"They played very well in qualifying, and have several good players. Trust me, we will not underestimate them.
"Maybe Australia are a little bit like Germany: a very good team, but don't have so many superstars, which makes Australia unreadable."