Trent Sainsbury had every reason to ignore the World Cup in Qatar after he was overlooked for the Socceroos squad but instead chose to showcase his support for Australia. NRL star Josh Mansour replied by stating ‘should be on the pitch legend’, while Socceroos squad member Danny Vukovic posted a love heart, as did teammate Ajdin Hrustić.
The 30-year-old uploaded an image to Instagram, where he was in the Doha crowd when Graham Arnold’s men took on the might of France. It came with the accompanying message ‘just a couple of Aussie fans in Qatar.’
History shows Les Blues were far too good, winning 4-1 – and some football fans felt the defender should have been on the pitch. Despite being overlooked for the Socceroos World Cup squad in Qatar, Trent Sainsbury showcased his support for Australia in their opening match versus France.And they aren’t wrong.
Sainsbury was brutally axed from the final 26-man squad by his father in law, after he married Arnold’s daughter Elissa in 2017. ‘It’s business. He’s got a job to do, and so do I,’ Sainsbury said last month.‘You can’t let anything get in the way of that.’
He previously told Code Sports there is no selection talk when he sees the Socceroos coach in person for family dinners – but it could be different this Christmas if the pair are in the same room given his glaring omission.
Sainsbury lives in Qatar, where he plays his club football with Al-Wakrah Sport Club. The Sainsbury’s made the move in July – and are loving live in the Middle East. ‘The lifestyle makes it so much easier for me and my family,’ he said.
‘Every married man knows, happy wife, happy life, and she’s extremely happy over there.’ Numerous stints in Asia and Europe followed for the football nomad, including one appearance for Italian giants Inter Milan in 2017.
The Perth raised central defender made his name in the A-League, bursting onto the scene with the Central Coast Mariners in 2010 – where Socceroos boss Arnold was at the helm in Gosford.
He has also represented Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven and Maccabi Haifa in Israel. Sainsbury was a key figure when Australia won the Asian Cup on home soil in 2015 and featured at the World Cup in Russia three years later.