Qualifiers are a shop window for Kennedy
Striker Josh Kennedy is preparing to put himself in the shop window in Australia's World Cup qualifiers this month after admitting he wants to leave his German club Karlsruhe.
DUBAI, June 4 AAP - Striker Josh Kennedy is preparing to put himself in the shop window in Australia's World Cup qualifiers this month after admitting he wants to leave his German club Karlsruhe.
Kennedy, who has scored six times in 12 games for his country, is keen to leave Germany after nine years following his club side's relegation from the top flight last week.
While the 26-year-old's star continues to shine brightly for the Socceroos, he has had a horrid year for his club, falling out with coach Edmund Becker and scoring only twice in 23 appearances.
The lanky striker admitted remaining with the club could hurt his prospects for next year's World Cup, should Australia clinch qualification as expected.
"It wasn't the best of years," Kennedy said from Australia's training camp in Dubai ahead of Sunday's (AEST) World Cup qualifier against Qatar in Doha.
"A change would definitely freshen a few things up for me.
"I've been in Germany for nine years and obviously the second division is not the best place to prepare for a World Cup.
"We'll just see what happens the next few weeks, what comes or what doesn't."
Kennedy still has two years left on his contract with the club but is hopeful rumours of interest from abroad prove to be true.
He has been linked to English Premier League club Blackburn - where he could join Socceroos teammates Vince Grella and Brett Emerton - but he is keeping a level-headed approach.
"I'd love to go (to England)," Kennedy said.
"But after a season like this and only scoring two goals and not playing a full season, it's definitely going to be hard to command a starting spot in an English team.
"In that sense, it's going to be hard to do it but we'll see in the next couple of weeks what happens."
Kennedy is vying for a starting spot against Qatar and said if Australia clinched the point needed to secure World Cup qualification he would then sit down with coach Pim Verbeek to seek advice on his future.
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