McKay hopes Socceroos days aren’t over just yet

Matt McKay, in action for the Brisbane Roar, still wants to play for Australia. Photo: AAP Image.
Matt McKay, in action for the Brisbane Roar, still wants to play for Australia. Photo: AAP Image.

Brisbane Roar captain and midfielder Matt McKay has refused to concede his international career is over ahead of tonight's A-League clash against the Melbourne Victory at Suncorp Stadium.

There were no Roar players picked in Ange Postecoglou's Socceroos squad for upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Tajikistan and Jordan later this month.

The experienced McKay, with 58 caps for his country, and in-form Brisbane striker Jamie Maclaren, who is yet to make his senior international debut, have a right to feel unlucky at missing out.

Maclaren has also impressed for the men in orange this season, with 14 goals from 18 games, after moving to the Queensland capital from the Perth Glory in search of first-team football.

"I'm a bit disappointed, but I completely understand Ange's thinking," McKay said when asked about his omission.

"You can never doubt the squads he picks and I've been a part of the Socceroos for a long time now and enjoyed my time.

"I don't think it's finished - I'll keep working hard here."

Maclaren's battle with Victory striker and former Roar champion Besart Berisha will be key to deciding the outcome of tonight's game.

The fiery Albanian striker has 15 goals from 21 games this season.

"Bes is back (in Brisbane) and it's always a big occasion," McKay said.

"If they boo him, it doesn't matter. Deep in their hearts they love him because of what he did for us, and he's a great person and a great player. We'll welcome him back for this game, but hopefully we'll get the result."

Roar coach John Aloisi said Socceroo winger Tommy Oar was still a week away from making his return to Brisbane's senior team, after his recent signing from English club Ipswich Town.

"Tommy Oar needs to get a bit of fitness under his belt," Aloisi said.

"He worked really hard this week and he looks good - he'll be ready for next game."

Former Roar youth player Jai Ingham - a northern New South Wales product - will return to Suncorp Stadium tonight.

He was the best on ground in the Victory's 2-0 win over the Mariners last Sunday, assisting both goals.

Meanwhile, Seb Ryall, David Carney, Jacques Faty and Rhyan Grant are all back from suspension in Sydney FC's must-win clash against Wellington at Allianz Stadium tonight.

The Phoenix squad is unchanged after its 4-0 loss to Adelaide United last Saturday.


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