Australian defender Robert Cornthwaite is concentrating more on a strong finish to his first season at Selangor FA rather than a Socceroos recall.
Cornthwaite was signed for the Malaysia Super League side this season after spending four seasons with Jeonnam Dragons in the South Korea’s K-League between 2011 and 2014.
The 29-year-old has produced a respectable performance in his debut campaign with the Red Giants under Mehmet Durakovic’s guidance, netting five goals in all games this season.
“I think so far things have gone very well,” Cornthwaite told ESPN. “The last few weeks I have been able to get on the scoresheet and that always helps.
“We are having a very competitive season and want to be challenging for the title come season’s end.”
The England-born centre-back has eight caps to his name Socceroos since playing in a 2-2 draw in a World Cup qualifier at home to Oman in 2013. His impressive form in Malaysia could lead a national team recall for him.
However, Cornthwaite admitted that he does not think over his chances of making Australia national squad for the 2018 World Cup and 2019 Asian Cup joint qualifiers.
“We all love to dream of playing for our country but I think that boat has sailed,” said the former Adelaide United man.
“I am extremely proud of my time with the national team and no one can take that away from me. It was great to see Australia win the Asian Cup.”