Rolling Socceroos XI: Jamie Maclaren maintains the pressure

Rolling Socceroos XI: Jamie Maclaren maintains the pressure


We’ve qualified for Russia 2018, so what better time to bring back the Rolling Socceroos XI?

Now, there is just over one month until the squad will reconvene once more in Turkey before the World Cup.

This week, the team is unchanged.


Goalkeeper – Mat Ryan: Will not be moved. Keeping on for Brighton as the No.1.

Right-back – Josh Risdon: His spot in the team is vulnerable. Western Sydney Wanderers’ early exit from finals means he will be without football until pre-World Cup friendlies against Hungry and the Czech Republic. Fortunate there is no natural competition.

Centre-back – Trent Sainsbury: His position is a point of intrigue. Sainsbury had played  away from his natural place at Grasshopper, lining up as a No.6. Still our best choice at centre-half

Centre-back – Milos Degenek: Found the net for Yokohama F Marinos despite a rather loose defensive display on the team basis, as they drew 4-4 against Shonan Bellmare in the J-League.

Left-back – Aziz Behich: Just keeps on keeping on for Bursaspor. James Meredith is keeping up the pressure at Millwall.

Defensive-midfield – Mile Jedinak: Like Sainsbury, interestingly, he is doing some good work in an unfamiliar position. The skipper is playing as a centre-half at Aston Villa and kept another clean sheet against Ipswich Town at the weekend.

Defensive-midfield – Mass Luongo: Will take some displacing in the No.8 role, however the position could be more dependent on the opponent. When looking at the best team though, Luongo is the standout.

Attacking-midfield – Tom Rogic: Did not find the scoresheet for Celtic in their loss against Hibernian but probably should have. Still, he enjoyed a fruitful match, showing how much of a handful he can be.

Right-midfield – Mathew Leckie: Reproduced some of his early-season form by netting in Hertha Berlin’s 3-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt. Started and played 90 minutes too, which will please the masses.

Left-midfield – Robbie Kruse: Found an assist for VfL Bochum on the weekend, continuing something of a purple patch. Now has five goals and as many assists for the season.

Striker – Jamie Maclaren: Kept the pressure on Tomi Juric and remained in Bert van Marwijk’s thinking with a goal for Hibernian in their win over Celtic. It was a well taken striker’s goal too, with the former Brisbane Roar man assuming an excellent position.