Coach drops the ball

TWEED football pundit Joe Scholl was shocked when he saw the Socceroos starting 11 run out on to the field in Durban early yesterday morning to play Germany.

It was not the team Scholl, or anyone else, was expecting to see and the only explanation he had was coach Pim Verbeek didn't want to risk his star players in a game he didn't think Australia could win.

Scholl felt for the fans who paid money to see a second-rate Australian side on the paddock, which didn't even boast a striker in the line-up.

“I think the coach has got other thoughts on his mind and didn't want to play (Harry) Kewell, (Mark) Bresciano or Jesus (Josh Kennedy),” Scholl said. “They saved those guys back for the assault on Ghana.

“Hopefully whatever the coach has on his mind pays off, because there is a lot of disappointment for all the supporters.”



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