McDonald: I want a Socceroo recall

SCOTT McDonald is enjoying life at Millwall and is working hard on another call-up to the Socceroos, getting onto the scoresheet again at the weekend in the 2-1 win over Burnley.

The striker joined the Lions from Middlesbrough in the off-season to claim regular playing time and has so far scored three goals for the English Championship club.

McDonald’s last match for Australia was against Scotland in August 2012 and he admitted it has been “hugely frustrating” to be overlooked since then.

“The Scotland game was a difficult one,” he said. “I got half a game and did OK, but we were on the back foot as well and Scotland well and truly beat us. I don’t think we played particularly well that night.

"My last cap was a year before that against Wales. Again I thought that was one of my best performances in a Socceroo shirt.”

McDonald, who has 26 caps for the Socceroos since his debut in 2006, revealed he heard nothing from former coach Holger Osieck in the past 13 months.

“I called him to see what I could do and it was ’you’re in my plans, you’re in my thoughts’, but apart from that I think it’s everything a player wants to hear at that time and nothing came from it,” he said.

“All I do is keep my head down and work hard. I don’t really like to talk about this too much because at the end of the day it’s one man’s decision and you have to respect that, and I fully do.

"But obviously as an individual and wanting to play for your country, and feeling that you’ve got so much to offer, people might disagree but that’s fine. I believe there’s so much more of me to offer than what’s been seen at that level.

“Obviously not scoring a goal’s a big issue for everyone. Everyone makes a big issue of it every time I turn up. Which is fine. You’re a goal scorer, you’re a striker.

"But there’s a lot of things with my career as a Socceroo that’s been very topsy-turvy and not consistent, and I’ve never had a consistent run with it.”

McDonald, who has had stints with Southampton, Huddersfield Town, Bournemouth, Wimbledon, Motherwell, Celtic and Middlesbrough in the UK, has scored more than 150 goals in his club football career.

The 30-year old was the top scorer for Boro last season with 13 goals in 28 appearances.
McDonald played under new Socceroos boss Ange Postecoglou with the Young Socceroos in 2003 and described Postecoglou’s appointment as great.

“We were in Dubai at a tournament in 2003 together, I was captain at that time,” he said. “I mean a lot has changed. It’s been 10 years since for both of us you know. Obviously we’ve both grown.

"I’ve grown as a player and he’s definitely grown as a manager. A lot of new things I would imagine have been in store with his capabilities as a manager, and likewise in my game.

"Obviously you just hope you get the opportunity to try and impress and get involved and see what comes of it really.”