The Brisbane Roar man faces pressure for his position in the national team.
Matt McKay has declared he can handle increased competition for his place in the Socceroos squad.
Despite being a midfielder by trade the Brisbane Roar star currently fills the troublesome left-back spot for his country and is expected to start there for Australia’s friendly against five-time World Cup champions Brazil in Brasillia next week.
The position has become an increasing issue for head coach Holger Osieck and it is one he is keen to solve before the World Cup. However, finding a specialist has proved an arduous task, although the return of Michael Zullo to the A-League on-loan with Adelaide United could provide a solution.
Osieck hasn’t selected Zullo since the match with Romania on 6 February 2013 due to a lack of playing time at FC Utrecht and the 24-year-old could now put pressure on his former Roar team-mate for his defensive role – something McKay insists he will relish.
“Similar to me, he’s coming back to the A-League, which is a great competition,” McKay told Football Australia. “You need regular football and then you’ve got to be playing well.”
“If I get the opportunity to play there again and I do well, that’s all I can do. I can just concentrate on each performance in whichever position I’m playing.”