Kewell committed to Socceroos
By Peter ORourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Kewell beat his former Leeds United team-mate Mark Viduka into second place with New Zealand's Ryan Nelsen in third.
The skilful winger joins New Zealand's Wynton Rufer as the only players to have won the award three times and he was delighted to pick up the honour.
"I'm proud to equal Wynton Rufer's record and would like to thank the people who voted for me. I will also try my best to break it and hope to produce enough good football to keep them voting for me," read a statement from Kewell on the Oceania Football Confederation website.
"My trophy cabinet is getting big from the Australian side but I need to do something in England to match it.
"I'm absolutely loving it at Liverpool and although the results are not going well, we just need a little luck. The move from Leeds has worked out well and I can only go forward."
Kewell's commitment to Australia has been criticised in the past, but he is adamant he is ready to play for his country when called upon.
The 25-year-old revealed he rejected the chance to play for England to pledge his international future to The Socceroos.
"I've told Frank Farina that if fit and well, I will be there for him and that includes the Oceania World Cup qualifying series this year," added Kewell.
"And stories I would rather play for Liverpool than Australia are totally wrong.
"I was asked what I would like with Liverpool and said to win a Premiership. Australia and the World Cup were never mentioned in the question.
"Apparently I am nonchalant about the national team and think club football matters more than playing for Australia.
"I played against England when my hamstring was considered a 50-50 proposition, my club ordered me not to play and I had a bout of the flu so serious I didn't eat for two days before the game. If that's what nonchalant means someone needs to change it in the dictionary.
"I've never forgotten where I came from, otherwise I would have been playing for England, as I was urged to by various prominent players and managers in England.
"It was pointed out this would be an easier, more glamorous and financially better option. Unlike others, I never hesitated in choosing Australia.
"The people pretending to report facts about me are just making things up to suit their own agenda."