As the Caltex Socceroos start arriving in Honduras, midfielder Jackson Irvine has had some valuable game time at club level in the English Championship.
Ahead of the Aussies’ winner-takes-all World Cup qualifier playoff with Honduras, Irvine was the good news on an otherwise dark day for the Tigers.
The 24-year-old Australian played 83 minutes in City’s 4-1 loss to Sheffield United in the English Championship.
Irvine, who made 28 passes in the game, hasn’t been a regular in City’s starting XI with only a handful of games in the league this season, so it was a welcome sight for Aussie fans to see the goal-scoring midfielder complete close to 90 minutes.
Incredibly, City were 1-0 up at the break but Leon Clarke smashed a stunning four goals for the Blades to end a miserable day for Irvine’s City, who have lost their last three games and sit in 20th on the ladder under former CSKA Moscow boss Leonid Slutsky.