23/04/2024

Socceroos defender Harry Souttar is mobbed by teammates after putting his side ahead. Photo via Ftbl.Scout Australia

Socceroos defender Harry Souttar headed home the winner over Jordan overnight and the towering centre back is eyeing an Olympic birth.

The Socceroos defeated a stubborn Jordan side 1-0 thanks to Harry Souttar’s 75th-minute header. The win maintains Australia’s 100 per cent record in World Cup Qualifying, winning all eight games, scoring 28 games, and conceding just two.

Stoke City defender Harry Souttar spoke to the media after yet another superb performance. The defender is in supreme form but lavished praise on his teammates for their efforts.

“You can see from the smile on my face that I am absolutely delighted,” Souttar said.

“Forget about the goal, it was all about the performance and the three points. Before we came to this camp, you know we had four wins and we wanted another four.

“We won it late and that’s what we have done. I think you can see tonight how much it meant to all the boys out there. Throwing their bodies on the line, defending, but we played some really good stuff as well. I am just so happy we got over the line.”

The Socceroos did not have it all their own way against a Jordan side desperate to secure second place in the group and Souttar had nothing but praise for his teammates.

“Yeah like I said the boys fought tooth and nail, boys throwing bodies in front of everything but clever as well, clever play,” Souttar said.

“Make no excuse but the ref had a couple of dodgy decisions in there, to say the least. But we got on with it, got the job done, and as you can see, I’m so delighted.”

With their hard-fought win over Jordan, the Socceroos maintained their undefeated streak in qualifying. Souttar stated that the team set out to win all of their games.

“Yeah, of course, we set out before the game, we knew that stat, and like I said before, we came into this camp in Kuwait and that was our goal [to win all eight games] and that’s what we have done. We have got over the line and I think you can see by the celebrations after, I think the boys are so delighted.”

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His defensive partner for the night in Trent Sainsbury notched his 50th Socceroos cap in the win. Souttar had nothing but praise for his teammate in his milestone game.

“He has been brilliant with me since I came into camp,” said Souttar.

“I’m not saying this because he’s standing right beside me but he’s one of the leaders in camp. He’s one of the boys that the young lads in camp look up to.

“He sets a really good example for everyone to follow, and you can see on the pitch he’s a leader as well. To play alongside him makes my job a lot easier and obviously congratulations on the 50 caps.”

With the World Cup Qualifying campaign now over, for the time being, Souttar is looking forward to some downtime. However, despite excelling for the national team, he still has his eye on one tournament in particular.

“I’ll go home for a couple days, relax, and then it’s about the Olympics hopefully. The squad isn’t announced yet but hopefully, I’m selected, and we go there and just give it our all and make Australia proud”.

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