Caltex Socceroos midfielder Jackson Irvine has a trip to Old Trafford to look forward to next month after his Burton Albion side were drawn against EPL leaders Manchester United in England’s League Cup.
The draw for the last 32 of the competition – known as the Carabao Cup – was held on Thursday (AEST) with some interesting ties for a host of Aussies.
All ties will be played the week commencing September 18.
IRVINE TO FACE JOSE’S MEN
Irvine’s Championship outfit overcame Cardiff City 2-1 in Wales this week to secure a place in the last 32, earning a shot at Jose Mourinho’s red-hot Red Devils.
United are currently top of the EPL after back-to-back 4-0 wins and will pose a huge challenge for the Caltex Socceroo and his teammates.
ALL AUSSIE BATTLE
There could be as many as three Aussies on the pitch at Goldsands Stadium after Brad Smith and Adam Federici’s AFC Bournemouth were pitted against Mat Ryan and Brighton.
Smith played a full game in Bournemouth’s 2-1 win over Birmingham City this week, while Brighton overcame Barnet 1-0.
MOOY’S TRIP TO THE PALACE
In-form Caltex Socceroos playmaker Aaron Mooy and his undefeated Huddersfield Town face a trip to fellow EPL opposition Crystal Palace.
While Mooy’s men are two-from-two in the EPL, Palace – under new boss Frank de Boer – are still searching for their first points of the season.
MILE JEDINAK AND BAILEY WRIGHT
The last two Aussies involved in the next round drew tricky ties.
Jedinak – who is still working his way back from injury for Aston Villa – have a home clash with Middlesbrough, while Wright will lead his Bristol City side against EPL club Stoke City
Opponent Watch: Peru’s message to Caltex Socceroos
Peru have kick-started the mind games ahead of next month’s FIFA World Cup, sending a special video to their Group C opponents in Russia, including the Caltex Socceroos. Meanwhile, Denmark’s squad have played their role in recording the nation’s official FIFA World Cup song, w
Why the Caltex Socceroos midfield core will be key in Russia
Jackson Irvine has lauded the strength and depth of the Caltex Socceroos’ midfield roster and says a core of UK-based players could make all the difference when Australia kicks off its 2018 World Cup campaign against France on June 16. The Hull City midfielder is one of severa
Nabbout reveals van Marwijk's influence on Caltex Socceroos
If the devil is in the detail, then the Caltex Socceroos will be ready for anything at next month’s FIFA World Cup. After another day of double sessions at their pre-FIFA World Cup training camp in Turkey, Caltex Socceroos attacker Andrew Nabbout has spoken about the influence
Day 3 Wrap: 'It's unusual to be training this hard'
Maty Ryan, Josh Risdon and Matthew Jurman all trained for the first time in the Caltex Socceroos’ pre-FIFA World Cup camp in Turkey as just four players are yet to arrive. In a day of double sessions and suit fittings, there was also time for a host of players to highlight the