Jamie Maclaren training with the Socceroos in Turkey ahead of the World Cup in Russia.

Jamie Maclaren was at breakfast at a resort in Dubai when he got the phone call that changed his life.”They said you might need to be on the next plane to Turkey,” the 24-year-old said.The former Brisbane Roar star said he had goosebumps for two hours and was still pinching himself.”To be honest on holiday I actually packed a pair of boots to Dubai,” Maclaren said.

“It has been a bit of a whirlwind but it’s always been a feeling in my gut that I could have this opportunity.”You don’t know whether to laugh, cry, whatever.”After the disappointment of being axed from the team a few weeks ago, the on-loan Hibs striker was called back after Tomi Juric suffered a knee injury.

He was given a late call up for the pre-tournament training camp in Turkey.But Juric made a full recovery and Maclaren was tipped to be sent packing again.Instead he is now part of the final 23 heading to Russia.

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