Secret Socceroos goalkeeper switch plan hatched weeks before World Cup playoff | World Cup 2022 qualifiers

The plan to send on substitute goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne in the event of a penalty shootout in the Socceroos’ World Cup qualifier against Peru had been on the table for weeks, but remained such a secret that not even captain Mat Ryan knew about it.

Ryan was replaced in between the sticks as time ran out at the end of extra-time in Australia’s must-win intercontinental playoff in Qatar, as coach Graham Arnold made the bold call to hand Redmayne just his third international cap at the most critical of junctures.

The decision proved a masterstroke as the Sydney FC keeper went on to make…

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