Back to the future for Socceroos as veterans star in World Cup opener | Australia

Like a warm embrace from an old school friend. Or rediscovering that sweater just as the season changes. The Socceroos gave Australia’s football fans a familiar feeling in their pummelling of Bangladesh at AAMI Park on Thursday night.

Or maybe the family’s go-to takeaway: a meal well-liked, not for the everyday, but one that has been delivered before.

There’s Harry Souttar nodding home. Jackson Irvine industrious in the middle. Craig Goodwin as potent as ever. The unending grin of Jamie Maclaren. Talk of long-haul flights in the aftermath. And recovery.

But despite it all – every…


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