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'Not really fair for him'- Bert van Marwijk's Jamie Maclaren backflip

8:17 am AEST 4/6/18
Jamie Maclaren Socceroos
The Aussie attacker is off to Russia, just a fortnight after being ruthlessly cut loose

Less than two weeks ago, a rightly aggrieved Jamie Maclaren was on holidays, reading 'The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F***' wondering how on earth he missed out on Socceroos selection.

Fast forward a fortnight and the 24-year-old striker has secured his place in Australia's World Cup squad after being handed a Socceroos lifeline. 

Brought back into the squad as Tomi Juric battles a knee injury, Maclaren didn't have long to prove his worth to Bert van Marwijk but evidently had just long enough.

Included in Australia's final 23-man World Cup squad, the former Brisbane Roar attacker managed to ensure what has to be one of the more extraordinary selection backflips in Socceroos history. 

Despite being knee-deep into a holiday with sand still between his toes and a healthy tan in tow, Maclaren was able to get himself to camp in Turkey and turn it on in a very short space of time.

"It's difficult for him because he was already on vacation for eight or nine days," van Marwijk said. 

"He had to train very hard from the first moment. We train very intensively and [often] two times a day.

"It was really difficult for him, not really fair for him. But he made a good impression.

"I think I need him."

While the role he'll play in Russia remains to be seen with Juric closing in on full fitness and Andrew Nabbout selected as Australia's starting striker in a 4-0 win over Czech Republic, Maclaren is going to the World Cup.

A statement that seemed unfairly denied to him just a few weeks ago.