Caltex Socceroo posts memorable pic from playoffs 12 years apart
Caltex Socceroo Jackson Irvine has posted a memorable picture of himself as a fan and a player at Stadium Australia.
On November 16, 2005, Irvine was a 12-year-old in the 80,000 plus crowd at Stadium Australia to celebrate the Socceroos’ first World Cup qualification in 32 years.
And on November 15, 2017, as a key member of the national team squad, Irvine now 24 and playing for English side Hull City, was on the pitch to celebrate World Cup qualification with the current national team.
The tweet immediately got over 3,400 likes as Irvine showed what it means to go from being a fan to a player with the national team.
“Wednesday night was the result of tireless hard work from the staff, the belief of the players and the support of our families, friends and the fans. I hope everyone remembers the night for a long time,” Irvine tweeted.
"The most miles traveled and the most games played by any team to qualify for a World Cup. An insane campaign. We did it the longest way possible but we believed all the way."
And even though he didn't get on the park in the second leg, Irvine's work in the first leg in San Pedro Sula was absolutely vital.
Playing as an attacking midfielder, he pressed the Hondurans on a heavy pitch and created numerous chances. He worked his socks off for the cause.
And after scoring his debut goal for Australia in this campaign, Irvine is now one of the most dangerous weapons for the Socceroos as they look towards a World Cup in June 2018.
With that in mind, the Australians have a World Cup draw to look forward to in a couple of weeks.