Charlie Austin eats humble pie after ‘superb’ Socceroos qualify for the Round of 16…just a month after he wrote off Australia’s chances and claimed Graham Arnold’s men would fail to get a SINGLE POINT in Qatar
- Charlie Austin said Socceroos’ critics should eat some humble pie
- But he was reminded of when he wrote off Australia’s chances last month
- The Socceroos reached the Round of 16 for the first time since 2006
- REPORT: Mathew Leckie the hero as Australia beat Denmark 1-0
- Craig Foster hails result as a ‘phenomenal moment for Australian football’
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Charlie Austin has rowed back on his World Cup predictions, suggesting that critics, himself included, needed to to take a long hard look at themselves after the Socceroos reached the Round of 16.
Mathew Leckie scored the only goal of the game on Thursday morning (AEDT) as Australia beat Denmark 1-0 to finish second in Group D and qualify for the knockout stages for the first time since 2006 and for only the second time in their history.
And Austin was very impressed by what he saw.
Charlie Austin urged Australia’s critics to take a long hard look at themselves
‘Wake up this morning to see the Australia result, superb that whoever doubted them need to have a good hard look in the mirror,’ the Brisbane Roar striker tweeted.
And the former QPR and Southampton man is among those who will have helped themselves to a large slice of humble pie after the Socceroos booked a date with Argentina in the Round of 16.
Last month, Austin wrote off Australia’s chances of qualifying for the knockout stages, claiming they would lose all their three games in Qatar.
The former QPR and Southampton man suggested the critics should eat some humble pie
But he was reminded of when he wrote off Australia’s chances himself last month
When asked by talkSPORT’s Dean Saunders and Jamie O’Hara whether the Australians are ‘any good’, Austin replied ‘no’, before revealing that he’s made a bet with the Roar’s kitman over their fate at the tournament.
‘No [they’re not good],’ he said. I’ve got a gentleman’s agreement with the kit man that they won’t get a point at the World Cup.
‘Yeah, I don’t think they will get a point.’
Fans took to Twitter to lash Austin following his remarks, but the 33-year-old doubled down on his prediction insisting there was ‘no way’ Australia would make it out of the group.
Australia reached the Round of 16 for the first time since 2006 on Thursday morning
Mathew Leckie scored the only goal of the game as the Socceroos beat Denmark 1-0
But the Socceroos stunned Austin and his fellow critics, rebounding from a 4-1 drubbing against France in their opening game with back-to-back wins against Tunisia and Denmark.
It means Australia have qualified for the knockout for stages for the first time since their Golden Generation first achieved the feat 16 years ago.
In the likes of Tim Cahill, Harry Kewell, Mark Bresciano and Mark Viduka, Guus Hiddink’s team featured several players plying their trade in Europe’s biggest leagues.
Graham Arnold hailed his group of players as a new golden generation for Australian football
It’s a complete different reality for Graham Arnold, whose team is made up a strong A-League contingent and players from the Scottish Premiership, the Championship and even the Japanese second division in the case of Mitchell Duke.
But the Socceroos boss insisted his group deserved as much credit as their illustrious predecessors.
‘Maybe we’re talking about a new golden generation now,’ he said after the win over Denmark.
‘Because we’ve been listening and hearing about the golden generation of 2006 that got four points and now we’ve got six, so maybe we’re talking about a new generation.’
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