Verbeek drops Scott McDonald, Nicky Carle and Jade North from Squad

Australian coach Pim Verbeek has ended the 2010 World Cup dreams of striker Scott McDonald, midfielder Nick Carle and defender Jade North as they were left out of the Socceroos squad for the trip to South Africa in June.

McDonald was unable to find the net against New Zealand last night when Australia defeated the All-Whites 2-1 and he is yet to score a goal for his country in 16 appearances.

Verbeek claimed McDonald was more at home with the English style of play where they employ two strikers up front. The Socceroos offensive strategy is to use a single forward with midfielders providing the support.

Youngsters James Holland and Tommy Oar and fourth keeper Eugene Galekovic are likely to make the trek to South Africa with the team if permission is granted from FFA. None of the three players will be considered throughout the tournament though, unless a team mate is injured.

Australia now has a squad of 28 players which will be trimmed to a final team of 23 players by the June 1st deadline.

Australia play Germany in their first Group D match on Monday 14th June in Durban.

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