Miller reflects on ‘surreal’ Socceroos experience

Lewis Miller came on for the final 20 minutes of Australia’s 1-0 defeat to England on Saturday morning at Wembley Stadium.

Miller said his introduction under the Wembley lights for the Subway Socceroos exceeded all his expectations, taking on the stars of the world game.

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“I was just sitting down, he turned around, looked at me, gave me a little wink and said, ‘get up’," Miller revealed.

"From there, the adrenaline started kicking in, and I went out and started doing sprints on the side there, so I was ready.

He was made to wait for his moment as the ball bobbled around the pitch, refusing to go out, but it eventually did.

“When the number goes up, you just soak it all in, you look across the field, you look around the stadium and see 70+ thousand people here - which is the opportunity of a lifetime,” he said.

The fullback went toe-to-toe with Manchester United star Marcus Rashford, with the pacey winger looking to give Miller a nightmare debut.

However, the 23-year-old stood tall, winning his only duel as well as registering a recovery. He emphasised that he cannot merely admire these players but see them as a path upwards.

“I was on for 20 minutes, and it was a tough and intense 20 minutes,” Miller explained. 

“They're some of the biggest names in football, playing in the best leagues in the world, but I’m trying to compete with them and at the end of the day, I can’t look at them as superstars I have to see them as levels. 

"Because they’re the shoes I want to be in, so I’m just going to keep thriving in Scotland or for Australia or wherever I go and work my way up as far as I can.”

The Hibernian right-back outlined that it was a special day for him, and he was grateful for the experience.

“[It was a] very special day, very special occasion and one of the world’s biggest stages in football. So it’s just a coincidence that opportunities come at a time like this, but I’m grateful to Graham Arnold for giving me the opportunity,” Miller said. 

“I’ve just represented a whole country putting this badge on, which you can’t put into words. You’re representing everyone back home: my family, my friends, my loved ones. It’s just surreal - I cannot explain it.”

Miller said he was looking forward to Australia’s next match with New Zealand on Tuesday morning, with the Socceroos taking more confidence following their England clash.

“It’s going to be fiery,” he said.

“They’re going to want it more than anything as well. They’re going to come out and give 120%.

“We’re going to have to go to the chalkboard and look at the tactics, which I think we’ve done superbly today as well.” 

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