Trent Sainsbury backs Socceroos at Qatar World Cup – despite stepfather Graham Arnold’s levity

Trent Sainsbury backs Socceroos at Qatar World Cup – despite stepfather Graham Arnold’s levity

Socceroo Trent Sainsbury is doing all he can to support Australia in Qatar – despite being kicked out of the squad by his father-in-law Graham Arnold

Trent Sainsbury had every reason to skip the World Cup in Qatar after being left out for the Socceroos side – but opted to show his support for Australia instead.

The 30-year-old uploaded an image to Instagram, where he was in the Doha crowd when Graham Arnold’s men took on the powerhouse of France.

He came with the accompanying message – “just a few Australian fans in Qatar”.

NRL star Josh Mansour responded by saying ‘should be on the pitch legend’, while Socceroos squad member Danny Vukovic posted a heart of love, as did teammate Ajdin Hrustić .

History shows the 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 showed his support for Australia in their opener against France.

Despite being overlooked for the Socceroos World Cup squad in Qatar, Trent Sainsbury showed his support for Australia in their opener against France.

Sainsbury's was brutally neglected by his own stepfather Graham Arnold, after marrying his daughter Elissa in 2017

Sainsbury’s was brutally neglected by his own stepfather Graham Arnold, after marrying his daughter Elissa in 2017

And they are not wrong.

Sainsbury’s was abruptly left out of the latest 26-man squad by his stepfather, after he married Arnold’s daughter Elissa in 2017.

He previously told Code Sports there is no selection discussion when he sees the Socceroos coach in person for family dinners – but that could be different this Christmas if the pair are in the same exhibit given its glaring omission.

‘It’s business. He has a job to do, and so do I,” Sainsbury said last month.

“You can’t let anything stop you from doing it. »

Sainsbury lives in Qatar, where he plays in his football club with Al-Wakrah Sport Club.

Graham Arnold has his work cut out to take Australia past their group stage in Qatar after being beaten 4-1 by France

Graham Arnold has his work cut out to take Australia past their group stage in Qatar after being beaten 4-1 by France

The Sainsbury’s moved in July – and love living 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 there.”

The Perth-raised centre-back made a name for himself in the A-League, bursting onto the scene with the Central Coast Mariners in 2010 – where Socceroos boss Arnold was at the helm at Gosford.

Numerous stints in Asia and Europe followed for the football nomad, including an appearance for Italian giants Inter Milan in 2017.

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 took part in the World Cup in Russia three years later.

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