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Last Updated: Thursday, 2 February 2006, 21:39 GMT
Killie give Wilson World Cup hope
Lindsay Wilson, Giorgos Fotakis and Eric Skora arrive at Rugby Park
Wilson, Giorgos Fotakis and Eric Skora have signed for Killie
New on-loan Kilmarnock signing Lindsay Wilson is hoping a starring role at the Scottish Premier League club will help resurrect his international career.

And he can look to Motherwell's Scott McDonald, who has been called up for Australia's Asian Cup tie with Bahrain.

"If, by playing regularly at Kilmarnock, I could force my way into the national team, that would be fantastic," said full-back Wilson.

"I was involved in the 2002 World Cup qualification tournament."

But his failure to break into the first-team at PSV Eindhoven has meant that the 26-year-old has spent the last few years in the international wilderness.

Ironically, his attempt to win a longer deal with Kilmarnock came despite Guus Hiddink being the manager of both PSV and the Australian national team.
Hiddink likes his players to be playing regularly
Lindsay Wilson

"The first priority is just to play," said Wilson. "I've spent the last six months not playing a lot.

"To be playing in the national team, you have to be playing regularly at a decent club or else you don't get a sniff.

"Most of the boys who are in the national team are either playing in England, Italy or Spain."

PSV signed Wilson from Sydney Olympic in 2002 and he spent spells on loan to Volendam and Helmond Sport.

A trial with Derby County came to nothing and his time with PSV was not helped when their reserve team were expelled from the Dutch Cup in August because Wilson had played while ineligible.

But, with the World Cup looming, Wilson believes there are places up for grabs in the Australia squad.

"There are chances in the defence," he said. "If you look at the midfielders and the forwards, the squad is very strong.

"When you look at the defenders, there are a lot of boys on the bench and not playing regularly at their clubs.

"Hiddink likes his players to be playing regularly.

"I just want to play regularly, whether that means finding a contract at Kilmarnock, in Scotland or in England."

Meanwhile, McDonald could make his debut for Australia a month after going public to deny stories suggesting he wanted to be called up by Scotland.

Motherwell manager Terry Butcher said: "Gus Hiddink has called him up and that's a big bonus for him.

"The target should be the World Cup and there is no reason why he can't get there."



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