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Maclaren ready for Socceroos start: Ange

AAP logoAAP 13/11/2016 Emma Kemp

When Jamie Maclaren picked up the paper and read Ange Postecoglou's public challenge to rediscover his searing form, the Brisbane striker made it his objective to show the Socceroos coach what he was missing.

It had taken 20 goals in Maclaren's breakout 2015-16 A-League season to turn Postecoglou's head the first time.

And he hadn't been recalled to the national set-up since debuting in May's friendly against England.

After failing to open his account in his first three appearances for the Roar this campaign Postecoglou threw down the gauntlet, telling the 23-year-old to "bang in the goals"and earn another shot.

So Maclaren went and scored two in the next two games and was picked as a bolter in the squad to play Thailand in Tuesday's World Cup qualifier.

"I saw an article from the boss, saying 'if Jamie scores goals he's back in the national team'. That was a little bit of motivation," Maclaren said.

"It started a little bit slow this year, but I always knew that my teammates would create chances for me.

"To get two in two, it opens the door and now I'm full of confidence."

In the absence of Tim Cahill (Achilles) and Tomi Juric (knee), Maclaren is well in the frame to start the crunch clash in Bangkok, which would double as his competitive international debut.

Robbie Kruse and Mat Leckie are near certain to flank a centre-forward against what Postecoglou believes will be a defence-minded Thai side.

And while Apo Giannou and Nathan Burns are also available, the coach declared Maclaren was ready should he be called upon to take service from attacking wizards Aaron Mooy and Tom Rogic.

"He wouldn't be here if I didn't think he was ready," Postecoglou said.

"There's no ideal time - if you wait for players to gain experience or feel better about themselves that opportunity may never come."

The striker role is one of two positions up for grabs, with Milos Degenek and Josh Risdon both pressing their case for the contentious right-back role.

Risdon's good form for Perth has earned him a recall after being overlooked for the last squad while Germany-based Degenek returns from injury.

"Milos has come in off an injury but he's presented really well from a physical point of view," Postecoglou said.

"And Joshy is definitely in a better space than he was the last time we called him up.

"I'm pleased with the way both of them have come into camp.

"There's a spot up for grabs and hopefully one of them takes it."

Thailand coach Kiatisak Senamuang has pledged his team will play like they've got nothing to lose against the undefeated Socceroos, with the country's football association offering a 10 million baht ($A400,000) bonus should they win.

But Postecoglou expected Australia's winless opponents to sit back.

"Every team has - when Japan does it you know where we're at as a team," he said.

"Other teams have made that decision and I'd be very surprised if Thailand come at us and open up."

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