Aussies abroad: Irvine sees game time for Hull City

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.