PHOTO SPECIAL: Socceroos commence World Cup preparations

The Australian World Cup squad has kicked off training in Melbourne to prepare for next Monday's friendly against New Zealand.

The 31 man squad had their first official training session at the impressive new AAMI Park, across the road from the MCG which will host the clash against the Kiwi's next week.

Official team photo

 


The players enter AAMI Park for the very first time

 


 


Melbourne boy Marco Bresciano in action

 


Tough call - Pim Verbeek in deep thought

 


Crowd favourite Tim Cahill

 


Harry gives the thumbs up

 


Former Celtic hero Scott McDonald keen to impress

 


A tough call - coaching staff consider the unlucky players to cut from the squad

 


Fulham star Mark Schwarzer

 


Brett Emerton leads the squad on a light warm-up run

 


Scott Chipperfield, fresh from winning a title with FC Basel in Switzerland

 


Blackburn's Vince Grella was impressed with Melbourne's newest stadium

 


Captain Lucas Neill contemplates the trip to South Africa

 


Will 18 year old Tommy Oar make the final squad of 23?

 


Gold Coast United's Jason Culina in the thick of it

 


Defender Craig Moore

 


Lucas Neill with eyes on the ball

 


Schwarzer shows firm hands in goalkeeping drills

 


Harry Kewell acknowledges the crowd

 


The pressure is on as competition for a place in the squad heats up

 


Players signing autographs at the end the only public training session

 

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