Date: 24th January 2008 at 10:02am
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News reaches us that Pim Verbeek has axed Mark Viduka from his preliminary squad of 39 players named for the World Cup qualifier against Qatar on February 6. Viduka is thought to be considering international retirement but has yet to make a final decision. And, with the Boro game just two days before the Qatar game, he was not included in the squad.