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Former Leeds, Liverpool winger Kewell: I'm fit but won't be picked for Australia

Harry Kewell says he is 100% fit but knows very well that he will not be selected for Australia by Holger Osieck this week.

The Socceroos boss will call together a squad for a trio of 2014 World Cup qualifiers next month which includes a trip to Saitama to tackle group leaders Japan and home meetings with Jordan and Iraq but Kewell will not be a part of it.

The 34-year old former Leeds United, Liverpool, Galatasaray and Melbourne Victory attacking midfielder was recently released by Qatari club Al-Gharafa after a short-term loan and is acutely aware that he will not be part of Osieck's roster despite the fact he feels in such fine fettle.

"I know that I'm not selected because I phoned Holger Osieck and told him that my contract had finished at Al-Gharafa but I am 100 per cent fit," Kewell told Fox Sports.

"He told me that I was not going to be 'right' for these World Cup games. But I am fit - 100 per cent fit - I've passed every fitness test and every medical - I have the records to show them - and I just played three games for Al-Gharafa.

"When I told [Osieck] I had signed a short-term deal with Al-Gharafa he was very happy. He said that when I am fit I am going to be good in any team.

"I could still do a job for Australia. The only thing I am missing is some match fitness."

He added: "Now, I'm frustrated that I haven't had the chance to show him how good I actually am. He's obviously got a game plan and at the end of the day he's the manager.

"It's his decision and you have to respect that as a player.

"Like everyone else, I wish the team the best of luck for the games."

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