Hull City new boy Jackson Irvine still holds the belief that his native Australia can gain automatic qualification to the World Cup next year.
Following on from their 2-0 loss to Japan, which secured Japan a place in the World Cup, Australia sits in third place in their qualification group behind Saudi Arabia on goal difference.
Australia’s final match comes next Tuesday when they face bottom of the group Thailand in a game that could see them qualify for the tournament.
Speaking to the media via the Hull City site, Irvine said:
“It’s not finished yet,”
“While the disappointment is still raw, we will go to Melbourne and stick to our guns and try to score some goals that will get us to the World Cup.
“It’s going to be difficult now but as long as it’s mathematically still possible we will be giving it everything we’ve got. We very much have the firepower and capabilities of scoring goals in Melbourne.
Luckily for Jackson Irvine and his team mates, Saudi Arabia has top of the table Japan to get passed.
Irvine only signed for Hull two days ago from Burton Albion and is expected to make his debut for the Tigers after the international break against Derby County.
What a signing Irvine would turn out to be for Hull if he gained qualification to the World Cup before he’s even kicked a ball at the KCOM.
‘The Championship’s answer to Yaya Toure’, as some of us here at FLW call him, will prove to be a top signing for Leonid Slutsky’s side which will only be further proved if they book themselves a place at the tournament in Russia next year.
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