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Ex-Rangers, Palace, Newcastle defender Moore joins Socceroos

Football Federation Australia (FFA) has confirmed that former Australian national team defender Craig Moore has been appointed as Football Adviser and Team Ambassador for the 2014 World Cup campaign.

The 38-year old, who played 52 times for the Socceroos between 1995 and 2010, will step into Ange Postecoglou's setup in May and will help prepare the team for the FIFA tournament in Brazil.

FFA chief David Gallop said in an official statement: "Craig has been working with FFA as a Player Mentor with elite youth across the game following his appointment via FFA's Football Development Committee, and the new role as an adviser and ambassador with the Socceroos is a natural extension.

"It's also an important signal to have a former Socceroo great in the team hierarchy. When it comes to nurturing the right culture, having respect for the past and a link to the Socceroo heritage gives you a solid foundation for building for the future.

"Craig will join a setup that in the past five months has seen the start of a rebuilding process, from the Head Coach through to the sports science team. The Socceroos are under new management and there are exciting times ahead."

Moore enjoyed an extensive playing career at club level around Europe with stints in Scotland with Rangers, in England with Crystal Palace and Newcastle United, in Germany with Borussia Monchengladbach, in Greece with Kavala and in Australia with Brisbane Roar and Sydney United FC.

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