Competition for Australian spots healthy – Nagoya Grampus’ Kennedy

Nagoya Grampus striker Josh Kennedy admits the competition for the Australian World Cup squad is very healthy.

Nagoya Grampus striker Josh Kennedy admits the competition for the Australian World Cup squad is very healthy.

As the race for positions in Pim Verbeek’s squad to go to South Africa heats up, Kennedy believes he is in a good position to be the number one striker but says all competition for spots indicates Australian football is in good shape at the minute.

“There is always competition and that’s good for the national team,” Kennedy told The World Game.

He also made the point of his little rivalry with Galatasaray striker Harry Kewell, saying it too was healthy but admitted he can adapt to play with the former Leeds and Liverpool star.

“When I’ve played up front alone I’ve done extremely well – and I think I’ve made the central striker position my position since I’ve played there.

“I can operate alone up front, or with one or two others alongside me. I like to think I’m pretty adaptable and I’ve been happy with how I’ve gone with the national team.

“It will come down to what formation Pim wants to play, Harry and I have worked well together in the past, with him playing just behind me.”

Kennedy added that he believes he will get plenty of goal scoring chances during the tournament as Australia has plenty of quality ball players and distributors.

“When you have players like Tim Cahill around doing his thing, and Brett Emerton, Luke Wilkshire and Mark Bresciano slinging over crosses then you are always going to be threatening,” he added.

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