Coach Graham Arnold has labelled the hassle of the Socceroos to qualify for the FIFA World Cup as “one of the greatest achievements ever” whereas jokingly suggesting Australia must be given a public vacation to rejoice.
The Socceroos are heading to their fifth straight World Cup, having downed Peru 5-4 on penalties, with substitute goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne the hero, arising with the decisive save.
Arnold’s determination to interchange Mat Ryan with Redmayne for the shootout would have been questioned for years had the Socceroos misplaced, as a substitute he’ll be lauded without end.
“Andrew Redmayne is a very good penalty saver,” Arnold mentioned afterwards.
“To try to get him on the mental aspect while we were making that change, to add that bit of uncertainty in their brains, that was, yeah, that is the reason why.”
In 1983 the then Prime Minister, Bob Hawke, famously declared, “Any boss who sacks anyone for not turning up today is a bum” after Australia II gained the America’s Cup. Arnold mentioned the Socceroos achievement rivals that of 4 a long time in the past, given the pandemic-disrupted schedule pressured upon the facet.
“I called out Anthony Albanese the other day to give everyone a day off to celebrate this because I believe this is just one of the greatest achievements ever. Twenty World Cup qualifiers, we played 16 away from home.”
Striker Mitchell Duke was over the moon on the outcome, however mentioned the shootout left him about to “have a f—ing panic attack.”
“I’ve never been involved in this kind of situation before,” Duke mentioned.
“Full credit to everybody involved, so proud of the boys, we’ve gone the hard way. So many people wrote us off.
“I’m simply so pleased with the boys.”
Duke also paid tribute to Redmayne, the 33-year-old appearing in just his third match for Australia.
“Everyone performed their half. ‘Redders’ getting dragged in for pens (penalties), he is achieved unbelievable.
“That was for Australia. Completely clutch. ‘Arnie’ gave him that belief, I’m sure Maty would have been disappointed, but everyone played their part.
“Can’t clarify this sense. It’s full ecstasy. That was for all of Australia, thanks for believing in us. We’re going to a World Cup. Five in a row.”
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