Harry Kewell will not appear at the 2014 World Cup with Australia after announcing his retirement.
Harry Kewell will not appear at the 2014 World Cup with Australia after announcing his retirement.
Hassan Ammar/AP

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - Former Leeds United and Liverpool midfielder Harry Kewell says he will retire from football at the end of the A-League season, giving up his goal of appearing at a third World Cup.

Kewell, 35, on Wednesday said he will play his last professional match on April 12 when he captains the Melbourne Heart against Western Sydney Wanderers.

Kewell became the youngest player to appear for Australia when he made his debut against Chile in 1996 aged 17 years, 7 months. Playing mostly as an attacking midfielder, scored 17 goals in 56 internationals, appearing at the 2006 and 2010 World Cups.

Kewell scored 45 goals in 181 matches for Leeds and 12 in 98 appearances for Liverpool. He went on to play 63 games for the Turkish club Galatasaray.

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