Socceroos midfielder Aaron Mooy says his comments about being angry at his benching against Syria were "taken out of context".
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12 Oct 2017 - 6:29 AM  UPDATED 12 Oct 2017 - 10:03 AM

Aaron Mooy has moved to shut down suggestions of a rift with Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou after he was dropped for the 2-1 win over Syria on Tuesday night.

Postecoglou is reportedly set to resign after Australia's qualifying play-off against Honduras next month - regardless of whether the team makes it to a fourth consecutive World Cup or not.

The usually shy and reserved Mooy used social media on Wednesday night to head off any talk his omission from the starting line-up in Sydney might have had something to do with his decision.

Messing with Mooy piles question marks on Postecoglou
It must be hoped that an unrepentant Ange Postecoglou was referring to a parallel universe where everything is strangely askew when, after the latest installment of the Australia's World Cup high-wire act, he pledged to bench Aaron Mooy again should he feel like it.

The 27-year-old told reporters after the match he was "angry" at being left out by Postecoglou, who is said to have broken the news to Mooy at training by saying to him bluntly: "You're not playing."

An early injury to Brad Smith, however, meant Mooy ended up playing 110 minutes against Syria, and he had a key hand in the victory.

The Huddersfield Town midfielder tweeted that his post-match comments were "taken out of context" and not intended to be controversial.

Postecoglou has said he was "aware" of the speculation in a statement but did not confirm or deny it, giving rise to the widespread belief that November's clashes against Honduras will be his last in charge of the Socceroos.

He is said to be keen to return to club coaching in Europe and an early departure would give him more time to search and settle into a suitable new job in time for next season.