One of Australia’s most successful and beloved footballers has announced he’s hanging up the boots. Harry Kewell – the former Leeds United star and current Melbourne Heart midfielder – is officially retiring from both local and international football.
Kewell, 35, joined the Leeds United youth team in 1995. He moved into the main squad after only two years, where he debuted at an impressive age 17 and quickly became a crowd favourite, scoring 45 goals over his 181 appearances.
His career achievements are numerous, from being the youngest player to ever represent the Australia, to his 2005 Champions League win with Liverpool, to being instrumental in the Socceroos’ surprising 2006 World Cup effort.
Kewell signed with Melbourne Heart in 2013 and was attempting to make a third World Cup appearance this year in Brazil, but Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou has suggested he’s moving forward with a younger squad.
It’s still unknown what Kewell’s retirement means for Melbourne Heart, but a press conference scheduled for 2pm should shed light on the club’s plans and whether or not Kewell will appear throughout the remainder of the 2013-2014 season, ending in May.
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