Bailey Wright won’t have a club versus country dilemma on his hands, and is free to link up with the Socceroos, after Preston North End crashed out of the League One play-offs on Thursday night.
Wright played a full game in the centre of defence as the Lilywhites’ promotion hopes ended, losing 3-1 to Rotherham, going down 4-2 on aggregate and missing out on a spot in the May 25 play-off final at Wembley.
The uncapped 21-year-old will now travel to Gosford via Sydney to join Ange Postecoglou’s squad ahead of the May 26 farewell friendly against South Africa at ANZ Stadium.
Wright will hope to press his case for inclusion in Postecoglou’s final 23-man squad during the training camp and friendly.
Postecoglou will name his final squad by June 2, although it is understood a squad of 27 players will travel to Brazil shortly after the farewell game.
Wright’s Preston team-mate and 14-time Socceroo Neil Kilkenny said North End’s play-offs failure was tough to cop after they took the lead in the second leg.
“We went 1-0 up and we were obviously happy and then we let it slip but at the same time it was a game of inches really,” Kilkenny told pnefc.net
“Obviously very disappointed, I think it was inches or centimetres, sometimes you have luck and sometimes you don’t.
“They’ve had two goals which have hit the post and gone in and we’ve hit the post and seen it roll across the line to the goalkeeper.
“In these games you need a bit of luck at the same time and I think that’s what happened today.”comments