Jackson Irvine energised by Hull move and fresh for WC playoff

Jackson Irvine

In encouraging news for the Caltex Socceroos, Jackson Irvine believes he’s taken his game to a new level since signing with Hull City.

Irvine’s form for the national team in 2017 has been eye-catching, with key goals and strong performances during the group qualification stage.

It’s been his breakthrough year in the green and gold, and after his recent club switch from Burton Albion to the much bigger Hull City Irvine says he’s already reaping the benefits of the move.

And Irvine will go into Thursday night’s first leg playoff World Cup qualifier with Syria in Malaysia fresher than previous camps, he said.

“This is probably the best I’ve felt coming into a camp. It’s probably the first time I didn’t play on a Saturday [prior],” he told reporters on Tuesday.

“Playing with top players, in a big club environment [at Hull]; It’s the reason I wanted to make the move – a new challenge.

“And the standard technically and the day to day of the club is different.”

Monday’s Socceroos’ training sessioni in Melaka was a 50-minute one with a dozen players involved.

Some Socceroos arrived late, so they stayed back at the hotel to recover.

Last arrivals today (Tues) were Tomi Juric, Craig Goodwin and Nikita Rukavytsya to make up the 23-man squad.

“I wanted to push myself out of my comfort zone. And playing alongside other international midfielders [at Hull City] there’s competition to get a game,” added Irvine.

“I can feel it lifting my game already.”


Source  :  My Football.com.au

Caltex Socceroos fans pick their 23-man squad for Japan and Thailand

The Caltex Socceroos squad for the upcoming FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Japan and Thailand will be trimmed to 23 on Wednesday.

The Caltex Socceroos squad for the upcoming FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Japan and Thailand will be trimmed to 23 on Wednesday.

On Wednesday, Ange Postecoglou will pick his 23-man Caltex Socceroos squad for Australia’s upcoming FIFA World Cup Qualifiers against Japan and Thailand.

With these fixtures to decide Australia’s fate for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, we asked fans who they thought should be chosen in the Socceroos’ final squad.

And the votes are in! Here’s the 23-man Socceroos squad as chosen by the fans.


Mat Ryan, Mitch Langerak and Danny Vukovic.

*Ryan was clearly the most popular choice with almost 38% of the vote with Langerak and Vukovic the next two most preferred between the sticks.

Mat Ryan pulled off some big saves in Brighton's clash with Manchester City.


Trent Sainsbury, Bailey Wright, Matthew Spiranovic, Milos Degenek and Matt Jurman.

*Sainsbury was clearly first choice in the heart of the Socceroos defence ahead of the dependable Bailey Wright and the returning Matthew Spiranovic. Milos Degenek earned a call-up as did former Sydney FC centre-back Matt Jurman.

Caltex Socceroos defender Trent Sainsbury clears the danger in the opening group game against Germany at the FIFA Confederations Cup.


Central midfielders – Aaron Mooy, Mile Jedinak, Mark Milligan, Jackson Irvine, Massimo Luongo and Mustafa Amini.

Wing-backs – Mathew Leckie, Brad Smith, Aziz Behich, Alex Gersbach.

*Huddersfield star Aaron Mooy was the popular choice amongst the fans just ahead of teammates Mat Leckie and Mark Milligan.

Aaron Mooy celebrates after scoring a superb winner for Huddersfield Town in the EPL against Newcastle United.


Tom Rogic, Tomi Juric, Tim Cahill, James Troisi and Robbie Kruse.

*Celtic ace Tom Rogic was the overwhelming choice of the Socceroos faithful ahead of the improving Tomi Juric and all-time leading scorer Tim Cahill.

Juric celebrates giving Australia a lifeline back into the match.

CALTEX SOCCEROOS 23-MAN SQUAD (as chosen by fans)

Mat Ryan, Mitch Langerak, Danny Vukovic, Trent Sainsbury, Bailey Wright, Matthew Spiranovic, Milos Degenek, Matt Jurman, Aaron Mooy, Mile Jedinak, Mark Milligan, Jackson Irvine, Massimo Luongo, Mustafa Amini, Mathew Leckie, Brad Smith, Aziz Behich, Alex Gersbach, Tom Rogic, Tomi Juric, Tim Cahill, James Troisi and Robbie Kruse.

Caltex Socceroos v Thailand banner

Source  :  Football Federation Australia

It’s been a long road to the Caltex Socceroos for midfielder Jackson Irvine

It’s been a long road to the Caltex Socceroos for midfielder Jackson Irvine.

It’s been a long road to the Caltex Socceroos for Jackson Irvine. And now the English-based midfielder is determined to grasp his chance with both hands at this month’s Confederations Cup in Russia and the World Cup qualifiers that follow.


Irvine was just 17 when he joined Scottish giants Celtic.

“When I look back now, I don’t think I really understood what was going on,” he told www.socceroos.com.au

“At 17 or 18, you think you know everything.

“All you care about is playing football, but all this other stuff comes with it as well.

“I didn’t understand the magnitude of what I was going into – one of the biggest clubs in the world.

“I had just started year 12 and Mum was very forceful [that] I should finish school, so in my first year as a pro I was still coming home and studying at night.

Jackson Irvine against Saudi Arabia“That posed a set of challenges in itself trying while to adapt to fulltime football.

“You’re also dealing with homesickness and being away for the first time.

“It was very, very difficult.

“But Celtic gave me the opportunity to build a platform to have a professional career in the game.

“Although it maybe didn’t end on the best of terms with the club, I’m very grateful for the opportunity they gave me.

“I was very fortunate to make an appearance there and make my senior debut as a Celtic player.

“I’ve become a Celtic fan now and the club will always have a special place with me,” he said.

Ross County's Jackson Irvine celebrates his side's win over Celtic in the Scottish League Cup having swapped strips at full-time.BREAKTHROUGH AT BURTON

After three seasons with Celtic, Irvine spent time at Kilmarnock and Ross County before a move last year across the border to Burton Albion.

The 24-year old made 42 appearances for the English Championship club in 2016/17, top-scoring with 10 goals.

“You go into every season wanting to build on what you’ve done,” he said.

“I scored one in my first [professional] season, two in my second and three in my third season, so I went to Burton and said four is my target – I had four in the first eight or nine games, so I thought, here we go!

“I ended up scoring ten goals and then scoring my first goal for Australia.

“Goals are always going to make headlines but in terms of my all-round performances I was delighted with the way my game progressed throughout the season.


“I’ve got a three-year deal at Burton and I’m very grateful they’ve given me an opportunity to grow my career in England and in particular at that level in the championship.”


Irvine’s most recent international appearance was his tenth cap. And the relatively fresh Caltex Socceroo is keen to learn all he can from the more experienced members of the squad, including Tim Cahill, Mark Milligan and Robbie Kruse.


“They have a wealth of experience at domestic level and obviously at international level,” he said.

“Probably the biggest thing you can take from them is the way they carry themselves around the squad.

“The senior players are very much the ones who create the environment.

“It’s a very level playing field and everyone’s on the same wavelength.

“There are no egos and they’re all so down to earth considering their achievements, especially at international level.

“Then of course there’s their influence on the pitch as well which is absolutely massive and they’re very key around what is a young squad,” he added.


With Australia’s opening game of the Confederations Cup against Germany just days away, Irvine is determined to soak up the experience of his first major tournament with the Caltex Socceroos.

“You just have to embrace it and not let the moments pass you by,” he said.


“We’ve always said being part of the squad is a privilege and not a right. “It doesn’t matter how well you’ve played, you can never guarantee yourself a place in the squad. “It’s another chance for us to keep progressing and grow our game and play against different styles and different footballing philosophies. “That’s what international football is all about,” said Irvine.


Source  :  Football Federation Australia

Who’ll start for the Caltex Socceroos against Saudi Arabia ?

Matthew Ryan; Milos Degenek,Bailey Wright,Trent Sainsbury,Mile Jedinak;Aaron Mooy,Tommy Rogic,Mathew Leckie;Brad Smith,Jackson Irvine,Tomi Juric .


Source : Football Federation Australia Website

Aussie rising star on his new goal threat

Irvine reflects on maiden Socceroos goal

Playing closer to goal has been a revelation for Caltex Socceroos midfielder Jackson Irvine, who looms as a potent attacking weapon on Thursday night when Australia face Saudi Arabia at Adelaide Oval.

Irvine, 24, player of the year at his Championship club Burton Albion, spoke to the media in Adelaide on Tuesday amid preparations for the crucial clash with the second placed Saudis in Group B of World Cup qualification.

Group B Standings

Japan – 16

Saudi Arabia – 16

Australia – 13

The Melbourne-born rising star of the national team revealed his “less glamorous” transfers have turned out to be masterstrokes after playing around 100 games in the last two seasons.


“I probably should have had another couple if I’d managed to find the corner with a couple more headers.

“But it’s absolutely – every time I get out there – that’s my main threat, to get in the box and try and score goals.

“But also get in those holes and play between the thirds and try and be a threat creatively as well.”


The Caltex Socceroos players swamp Jackson Irvine after his early goal in the win over UAE.DOMESTIC BLISS AT BURTON

“My domestic season went about as well as it could have on a personal note.

“In terms of the club, we achieved what we set out to do, which was keep Burton in the Championship – very much against the odds.

“From a personal point of view, to finish as the club’s top scorer, you know, and play my part in that sense was something I probably wasn’t expecting – absolutely delighted to have played that role.”


“They tweaked my position in that way to push me a little more advanced and I never really saw myself as much of a goal threat.

“I didn’t see that as being my main contribution to the team but it turned out that way.”


Jackson Irvine speaks to the media in Adelaide.WINNING PLAYER OF THE YEAR AT ALBION

“That gives you all sorts of confidence and pride as well, and going into this camp it’s definitely given me that little extra edge to try and play my part.”


“I think a lot of people saw it as a bit of a gamble, as much as my move to Ross County before that – people probably saw it in that way as well.

“Probably not the most glamorous moves and clubs that people haven’t heard a lot about but these clubs have done absolute wonders for me, and they’ve definitely pushed my career forward so much and playing regularly games.

“I think I’ve played 100 games in two seasons now – and that’s been so vital for my development.”

Caltex Socceroos midfielder Jackson Irvine has been recognised for a stellar season in the Championship with a few gongs at Burton Albion's awards night.


Socceroos v Saudi Arabia banner.



Source : Football Federation Australia

Socceroo Jackson Irvine’s breakout Championship season

Caltex Socceroos midfielder Jackson Irvine's focus has shifted to national team duty after the end of a standout English Championship season.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Jason Pine @pineyzb
Caltex Socceroos midfielder Jackson Irvine’s focus has shifted to national team duty after the end of a standout English Championship season.

In a rollercoaster campaign for Burton Albion, the Caltex Socceroos playmaker was a shining light.
Albion finished in 20th place, just one point clear of the League One trap-door.

After looking odds-on for the drop after two-thirds of the season, Burton won five and drew six of their last 15 games to stave off relegation.

Irvine played 42 of his side’s 46 Championship matches and won both the fans’ player of the year and players’ player of the year awards.

The 24-year-old also scored ten goals to collect Burton’s Golden Boot.

It’s been somewhat of a breakthrough period for Irvine in a Caltex Socceroos shirt, too.

In March, he earned a debut start for Australia in the 1-1 draw with Iraq, before scoring his first international goal just seven minutes into the crucial 2-0 win over the UAE in Sydney.

Irvine’s recent form for club and country will have him right in the mix for the Socceroos’ World Cup qualifier against Saudi Arabia on June 8 in Adelaide and the Confederations Cup in Russia later next month.

Socceroos v Saudi Arabia.



Source : Football Federation Australia

Jackson Irvine wins top honour at Burton Albion

FFA TV | Irvine thrilled with first goal

After Aaron Mooy won Huddersfield Town’s Player of the Year this week, the same accolade has been bestowed on Caltex Socceroo rising star Jackson Irvine at his club Burton Albion.

Overnight, Irvine cleaned up at his Championship club’s awards night, winning three accolades.

The 24-year-old attacking midfielder won golden boot, players’ player of the season and the fans’ player of the season.

It’s justifiable recognition for the Melbourne-born midfielder who’s enjoyed a superb season at the Championship strugglers after signing from Scotland’s Ross County during the off-season.

Jackson Irvine

He’s also transferred that form to the national team, making his full debut and scoring his first Socceroos goal in March against Iraq and UAE.

Irvine looms as a key man on June 8 when Australia host Saudi Arabia in a crucial World Cup qualifier at the Adelaide Oval.


Socceroos v Saudi Arabia.

Source : Football Federation Australia

Caltex Socceroos trio seal Championship safety

Caltex Socceroo Bailey Wright is celebrating survival in the English Championship with club Bristol City.

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Matt Dorman @Matt11Dorman
Three Caltex Socceroos mainstays are celebrating Championship survival after helping their sides to important results in England’s second tier overnight.

Jackson Irvine, Massimo Luongo and Bailey Wright all passed the examination of high-tension affairs as their teams officially avoided the drop.

Irvine’s Burton achieved their season objective with a 1-1 draw away to an Australian-led Barnsley.

The energetic midfielder went close with a header before being withdrawn at the break, while Sydney product Callum Elder and Perth-born Wales youth international Gethin Jones started at left and right fullback respectively for the hosts.

Ryan Williams watched from the bench as the Reds settled for a point.

At Loftus Road, Luongo supplied the assist for QPR’s opener in their much-needed 2-0 win over Nottingham Forest.

The R’s scored both goals after half-time to dispel the uncertainty caused by a six-game losing run.

Meanwhile, Wright was central to Bristol City’s 1-0 upset of would-be champions Brighton while Aaron Mooy came off the bench as a heavily-rotated Huddersfield lost 2-0 at Birmingham.


Socceroos v Saudi Arabia.https://twitter.com/bfc_official/status/858310727240749056

Source : Football Federation Australia

Bailey Wright and Jackson Irvine close in on Championship safety

Jackson Irvine's Burton Albion took a giant stride towards survival overnight.

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Matt Dorman @Matt11Dorman
Caltex Socceroos pair Bailey Wright and Jackson Irvine all but confirmed their Championship survival as Bristol City and Burton Albion both notched crucial home wins overnight.

Wright’s Bristol twice came from behind to beat Barnsley 3-2 while Burton scored a quickfire double to see off Leeds United 2-1.

Trailing 2-1 after an hour, Bristol looked in most danger of leaving the door ajar for relegation rivals Blackburn Rovers.

The hosts proved their mettle with two goals in five minutes steering the Robins safely into 17th, six points clear of the drop zone.

Caltex Socceroo Bailey Wright has endured a miserable return to his former stamping ground in the English Championship. Image: Twitter - Bristol City

Burton came up just as big at the Pirelli Stadium courtesy of two goals in as many second-half minutes from Marvin Sordell and Michael Kightly.

Irvine played a full 90 minutes to help the Brewers make it two from two following their midweek win at Birmingham.

Nigel Clough’s side are now level with Bristol on 51 points in a successful first season in England’s second tier.



Socceroos v Saudi Arabia.

Source : Football Federation Australia

Jackson Irvine’s crucial win as Zola resigns

Jackson Irvine put in a 90-minute shift as his relegation threatened Burton Albion side enjoyed a crucial win at Birmingham City.

Jackson Irvine put in a 90-minute shift as his relegation threatened Burton Albion side enjoyed a crucial win at Birmingham City.

Caltex Socceroo Jackson Irvine put in a 90-minute shift as his relegation threatened Burton Albion side enjoyed a crucial win at Birmingham City overnight, the result prompting City boss Gianfranco Zola to resign.

The 2-0 win lifts Albion four points clear of the relegation zone with three games remaining.

It was also the catalyst for Birmingham manager Gianfranco Zola to resign after just one win in 22 games in charge.

The Aussie attacking midfielder picked up a booking midway through the second half.

Meanwhile, fellow Caltex Socceroo Bailey Wright played a full 90 minutes for Bristol City in their 1-1 draw at Blackburn Rovers.

Wright also earned a yellow card early in the second half.

The point lifts City to 18th in the Championship, four points clear of the relegation zone with three games to play.

Socceroos v Saudi Arabia.

Source : Football Federation Australia