The final 23 is stacked with midfield talent, including captain Mile Jedinak, Aaron Mooy, Massimo Luongo, Mark Milligan, Jackson Irvine and Jimmy Jeggo.
And then there’s 18-year-old Adelaide United midfielder Riley McGree, who against the odds survived the selection cull.
Apart from McKay, midfielders Chris Ikonomidis and Ryan Edwards, attacking weapons Nathan Burns and Awer Mabil, and left-sided pair Craig Goodwin and Alex Gersbach were also chopped from the preliminary squad.
A fairly balanced selection that still keeps the entire squad on notice. Matt McKay doesn’t really add anything to the squad that a younger player can’t (except experience). His omission is unsurprising.
It is surprising though that Craig Goodwin has been left out after some decent performances at Sparta Rotterdam. Excitingly, Riley McGree keeps a spot in the final 23.