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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