Moore accepts skipper decision
By Alex Dunn
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Craig Moore insists he has no problem with the decision to usurp him as Australia captain.
Craig Moore insists he has no problem with the decision to usurp him as Australia captain in favour of Mark Viduka.
The Newcastle stopper had previously held the skipper's armband but missed Australia's qualifying play-offs against Uruguay through injury, with Guus Hiddink naming Mark Viduka as his captain.
Hiddink has announced in the past few days that Viduka will retain the role but when quizzed, Moore was adamant that he bore no grudges.
''If it's going to be a media frenzy no to be honest,'' he told the Daily Record.
''My concern is being fit and in a good state for the World Cup.
''If it starts to mean more to other people then it starts to get out of hand. At the end of the day the boss will decide what's best for the team.
''It's about peaking at the right time, which is the first game of the World Cup. I'm not out to prove anything to anyone.
''I know what I offer the team and I know that if I'm fit I should be playing.''
While Moore's time at St James' Park has been largely interrupted by injury, he did show his worth towards the close of the campaign with a series of assured displays.
However, entering the final year of his contract, Moore admits he is likely to return to his homeland rather than prolong his stay in England at the end of next season.
''If I have an out-of-this-world season I might extend my contract but I can see myself returning to Australia to live on the Gold Coast at the end of the season,'' he added.