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Australian midfielder Harry Kewell talks with Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd prior to a training session. ((Robert Cianflone/Getty Images) )

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has asked the Socceroos to use the World Cup to have a quiet word with FIFA voters, who will decide whether their country gets to host the tournament.

Australia is bidding to stage the World Cup for the first time in either 2018 or 2022 and must win over FIFA's 24-man executive committee in December's vote.

In comments obtained by The Associated Press, Rudd told Australia's squad that "we're doing some lobbying to make sure we can land the hosting of the World Cup."

Australia's South Africa 2010 campaign opens against Germany on June 13 and Rudd said that "when you're over there, in those quiet times when you run into representatives of FIFA, just be quiet ambassadors for Australia."