Brisbane Roar coach John Aloisi is certain Jamie Maclaren will eventually become a permanent Socceroo despite an poor showing against Thailand.
We take a look at some of the major nations and familiar names who appear to have a battle on their hands to make the finals.
The Socceroos' slump against Thailand may just be the latest of three consecutive draws, but it's the one Australia will be left to rue the longest.
The Socceroos face four months of painful reflection before they'll get a chance to remedy their dismal World Cup qualifying performance vs. Thailand.
Socceroos winger Robbie Kruse will make his club future a priority after feeling the negative effects of next to no game time for Bayer Leverkusen.
The 2-2 draw between Australia and Thailand in the vital World Cup qualifying match in Bangkok on Tuesday put a smile on Thai faces.