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Kewell can be our man up front - Culina

Gold Coast United and Australia midfielder Jason Culina believes Harry Kewell can do the job for his country in a more central striking role. Culina says the Galatasaray star is better suited centrally rather than on the left wing and with Australia's current striker problems, could be the answer at next year's World Cup.

"I thought Harry did really well against Oman up front," Culina said.

"He hasn't played that role for a while and he excelled. He usually plays on the left for us but he showed something different when he moved into the centre and it was an enthusiastic Harry out there.

"Pim (Verbeek) just let him do his thing and I think that's sometimes the best way to get the best out of great players like Harry."

Culina believes Kewell performs better when he is not relying on others and in this central role, it is easier for him to receive the ball and then play his natural attacking game.

"It's tough when you restrict players of his quality, when they have to wait out on the left for the ball," the former PSV Eindhoven man added.

"They can sometimes become less involved. That's typical for a winger because they depend on others for the ball and can become isolated.

"But Harry in the middle, coming to meet the ball, making some plays and bringing others into the game is a different story.

"He can also get in the box a lot more and that suits him better.

"He will also get great support from the likes of Tim Cahill if that's the formation we play in South Africa and also others like Mark Bresciano and Brett Emerton bombing on."

For more news on the 2010 World Cup, go to http://www.worldcup.tribalfootball.com/page/Home/0,,12952,00.html


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