McDonald not holding his breath for Roos recall

Australian attacker Scott McDonald believes he still has something to offer the Socceroos but isn’t holding his breath for a call-up.

The 31-year-old ex-Celtic man hasn’t donned the green and gold since August 2012 and doesn’t appear on new coach Ange Postecoglou’s radar.

However, McDonald has been in impressive early season form at Championship promotion hopefuls Millwall, where he’s featured regularly playing in a central midfield role.

It’s a similar role to the one currently occupied by Mark Bresciano with Australia, while young duo Massimo Luongo and Tom Rogic appear next in line.

With age not on his side, McDonald isn’t expecting a call anytime soon, but still holding the unfortunate record of zero goals in 26 caps, it’s clear he would love another chance to prove himself for Australia.

“(A recall is) something that I won’t hold my breath for,” McDonald told FourFourTwo.

“In the past I have focused on it, but now I’m focused on my club. That’s the most important thing for me now.

“If I was to get a call-up in the meantime then that’d be fantastic. It’d be another chance to go and prove yourself.

“Obviously, playing a different role you’d hope that would be looked at from the national point of view and I might get a chance in a different role which I feel would suit me at international level.”

McDonald, who was a prolific goalscorer in his Celtic days, said he has refined his game as he’s matured.

It’s clear, deep down he feels he has unfinished business with the Socceroos, where his unwanted record manifested under former coach Pim Verbeek when he was used regularly alone up front.

“A lot of teams like to play one up front, but would I say I get the full 100 per cent benefit from it? I wouldn’t think so,” McDonald said.

“I’ve always been a centre forward and everyone has seen me as that, but in the last few years, even my last year at Middlesbrough, I was playing out wide left of a three.

“My game has developed a lot in the last few years as well, as you do when you get older.”

McDonald’s maturity and experience has been invaluable for Millwall boss Ian Holloway this term, after winning him over with a strong pre-season.

The Australian, who struggled for regular first-team action in 2013-14 and almost left the club in the January transfer window, now appears a key part of Holloway’s plans as the Lions gun for the play-offs.

McDonald appears settled with life in London at Millwall where he and his wife have a four-year-old girl and two-year-old boy.

Melbourne-born McDonald is in the final year of his Millwall contract but is not making any major future plans at this stage.

“The most important thing is you’re happy with everything around you,” he said. “Everything else football wise can take care of itself.

“That’s where I’m at, at the minute. I’m not thinking about anything too far ahead either, just one week at a time. What will happen will happen.

“For the foreseeable future I don’t see myself away from Millwall.”

He is making some plans for life after his playing days, aiming to finish his Coaching B-Licence by November and begin his A-Licence upon the conclusion of the 2014-15 season.

McDonald’s coaching education is another layer of his growing maturity as a footballer, and he said he wanted the credentials in his back pocket.

“The end is far away, so we’ll keep concentrating on what’s at hand, but to get my coaching qualifications is important,” he added.