Hull City midfielder Jackson Irvine has declared his confidence ahead of the second leg of international side Australia’s World Cup qualifying tie with Honduras, after the Socceroos secured a solid 0-0 draw in the first leg in Central America.
The 24-year-old, who joined the Tigers this summer following a fantastic season with Burton Albion, discussed with the official website of the Socceroos the excellent preparation his side had faced ahead of the second leg, which included heading back down under on a privately chartered plane just hours after the draw.
Physios were on hand to treat the players on the long flight, which included a quick stopover in Hawaiian state capital, Honolulu.
The journey sees the Socceroos travel 17 hours into the future, with a huge time difference between the World Cup hopefuls.
“The boys put in a really good display and were unfortunate not to come away with the win,” said the Melbourne born man.
“I think the performance will give us great confidence going into the second leg.”
“We knew it was going to be tough, but we’ve got a strong squad and a lot of fresh legs.”
Hull fans will be eager to see their midfield maestro plying his trade on the global stage in Russia next summer, and will hope Irvine’s side have enough about them to see off the threat of Honduras in Sydney next week.
The young star started the game for Australia before being substituted in the 74th minute, and will hope he is selected to see out the job in the Australian capital.
Hull will hope to have as many of their stars at the summer tournament as possible, and with the likes of Ola Aina and Kamil Grosicki already sure of their places, provided they make their respective countries final squads, Irvine could be yet another Tiger on the plane to the games.
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