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HARRY Kewell says he would be open to a shock recall from the Socceroos ahead of this year’s World Cup.

Support is growing for the Melbourne Heart captain to be reinstated in the national squad after Bayer Leverkusen forward Robbie Kruse was all but ruled out of the tournament with a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

Kewell, who last played for Australia against Oman in June 2012, said he was only worried about performing at club level for now, but admitted it would be “great” to play for Australia again.

“I’ve got my own ideas that I want to achieve with Melbourne Heart and if something was to amount to a call up, that’s great,” Kewell, 35, said.

“But I’m not really focusing on the World Cup.

“I’m focused on playing well for the Heart week in, week out.

“My first and only priority at the moment is playing well for the Heart.”

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Coach Ange Postecoglou is expected to name his 23-man squad for Brazil in mid-May.

And Kewell has hit form at the right time.

After an injury-troubled start to the season, the former Leeds United and Liverpool ace has strung together nine successive appearances for Heart, growing in influence in each of them.

Kewell said his own stellar run simply reflected his club’s.

After an A-League record-equalling streak of 19 games without a victory, Heart has since picked up seven out of a possible nine points over the past three weeks.

“My form is a reflection on the team’s performance,” Kewell said.

“Everyone is talking about my form and other players’ form, but it takes a team to make a player perform well.

“We’ve played well all season — we just haven’t been able to hit the back of the net.

“Now we are starting to score goals, people are claiming that we are playing well.

“I’ve always had faith in the team and it’s good to see we are now winning the games we deserve to.”

Kewell said there was no major secret behind’s Heart’s recent turnaround, just hard work and a little bit of luck.

“I think the confidence is slowly growing within the team but the skill and determination has always been there,” he said.

“We just needed a little bit of luck.

“Mind you, we didn’t even get that luck over the last few games — we’ve had to work our socks off.”

Heart is still bottom of the A-League table.

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