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Kewell and Cahill pairing scares opponents - Australia's Neill

Australia captain Lucas Neill believes the forward pairing of Harry Kewell and Tim Cahill is enough to put off opponents even before they take on the Socceroos.

Kewell and Cahill are household names around the world and just their presence is enough to intimidate the opposition which Neill pointed out ahead of Friday night's (Saturday morning AEDT) second group stage clash of the Asian Cup against fellow tournament favourites South Korea.

"With two reputations like that up front, it always keeps defenders thinking, always keeps them a little bit concerned that they're going to have to keep an eye on both," Neill said.

"It allows both of them to cause a distraction for the other and then it allows other players, who people probably don't keep their eye on as much, to possibly ghost in, the likes of Brett Holman, Brett Emerton, even the young guys.

"Their experience is great and their knowledge of when to keep the ball and when to go forward is also key and obviously their hunger is still there and their desire to push the team."

And Neill feels that having his Galatasaray teammate Kewell and Everton star Cahill on the pitch will go a long way to helping the Socceroos achieve success in Asia.

"It looks great, there's great spark and good chemistry and we need those two fit if we're going to go a long way," Neill said.

Andrew Slevison
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