In-form Australian striker Jamie Maclaren has revealed the frustration at his lack of opportunities to play for the Socceroos.
The 24-year-old has scored four times in 11 matches for Scotland's Hibernian, with his goal at the weekend helping secure a 2-1 win against Tom Rogic's Celtic.
With talks of a call-up again surfacing, the former Brisbane Roar attacker isn't keeping his hopes up, believing he was overlooked for Socceroo selection while he was hitting the back of the net consistently in the A-League.
"I've had enough disappointment with the Socceroos, not being picked when I was playing regularly in Australia," Maclaren told The World Game.
"I try not to think about [Australian selection]. I'll keep focusing on scoring in big games and helping Hibs.
"That's all I can control. Whatever happens after that, let it happen.
"I don't want to build myself up to be brought back down.
"It's not about holding my breath about the Socceroos, it's about making my own individual targets the focus."
Maclaren, who started his professional career with Perth Glory, has five national team caps but missed the bulk of the World Cup qualification campaign under Ange Postecoglou, including the four playoffs.
The penalty box poacher burst on to the scene with 17 and 19 goal A-League seasons for the Roar between 2015-17.
He secured a move to German 2. Bundesliga club Darmstadt last year before failing to break through and eventually securing a loan move to Hibernian in January.
Current Socceroos coach Bert Van Marwijk elected not to select Maclaren for the March friendlies against Norway and Colombia.