Hull City midfielder Jackson Irvine has discussed his hopes of playing in the Qatar 2022 World Cup with Australia.
Joining The Tigers in 2017 after a spell with Burton Albion, Irvine has been a regular starter, making over 100 appearances on his last three seasons for the KCOM Stadium outfit.
Whilst at club level, Irvine is impressing with his consistent form, the 27-year-old is also a key part of Australia’s national side, earning 34 caps for his country.
Appearing for the Aussies in the 2018 Russia World Cup campaign, Irvine is hoping that he can help them qualify for the Qatar 2022 tournament.
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Graham Arnold’s side are midway through qualification and they lead their group with four wins in four games.
Speaking to Socceroos.com as quoted by HullLive, Irvine said: “It’s the ultimate goal. It’s obviously one game at a time and you want to focus on the job at hand but that’s the big picture and that’s what we know is at stake.
“For sure, it’s why we play the game and it’s why we play international football, to play at highest level and represent your country on the world stage.
“We’ll take it a game at a time and a phase at a time but the bigger picture is always there in the background.
“Sometimes I think it’s good to have that little reminder and to know what’s at stake.”
Irvine will need to be at his very best when domestic football returns, given that Hull are sitting just above the relegation zone in the Championship.
A 5-1 defeat to Stoke City before the postponement of fixtures left Hull looking nervously over their shoulders at the bottom three sides.
So far through postponed fixtures, Hull have missed games against Charlton, Birmingham and Middlesbrough.
Some Hull fans may feel a little bit miffed as to why Irvine is talking up the World Cup at this present time, given that focus should be on the club’s Championship future.
The midfielder has been in consistent form this season, but he must ensure that he remains in that form when football returns.
Hull are in desperate need of some key performances between now and the end of the season, and Irvine will need to put thoughts of a second World Cup to the back of his mind for the time being.