Middlesbrough’s McDonald given chance by new Australia boss

Middlesbrough striker Scott McDonald has been given another chance to prove himself in the Australian national team.

The former Celtic star was dropped on the eve of the World Cup by former Socceroos boss Pim Verbeek in early June but was last night named in new coach Holger Osieck’s 20-man squad for international friendlies with Switzerland and Poland in September.

McDonald has been on form for Boro in the first few matches of the new season and Osieck says this selection is a good opportunity for the diminutive striker to show his wares.

“It's probably another good opportunity for him to show whether he is of that standard," Osieck said.

"I've contacted a lot of people in Europe that I respect a lot, top club coaches, who rate him pretty highly.

"I think he deserved a chance to get called in and then I will see how far he integrates into the team and whether he can be a valuable asset to the team."