No 'token gesture' for Irvine

Jackson Irvine made his first Socceroos appearance in almost two years in Thursday’s 5-0 win over Bangladesh and now he wants more.

Irvine replaced Mark Milligan in midfield for the final 15 minutes, watched on by his proud parents Stephen and Danielle and playing alongside childhood friend Bailey Wright too.

The 22-year-old may have marked the special occasion with a dream goal too, hitting the woodwork with a late header.

It was Irvine’s first appearance in green and gold since his debut in a friendly against Canada in London in October 2013 and he didn’t look out of place.

“I didn’t want to just be here as a token gesture,” Irvine told FourFourTwo.

“I’ve said before I’m here to play a part and I’m glad I was able to play a part.

“It’s not something that I was expecting before the camp.

“To come on and play a part in the game makes me very pleased.”

Irvine earned his recall following good form with the Olyroos and at Scottish club Ross County.

“It’s nice to be back in the picture,” he said.

“I’ve worked really hard to get to this point, with my club football and the Olyroos. I’m very glad and proud to be a part of this game.”

As for his near-miss on the goal front, he admitted that would’ve been the biggest shock for him of the night.

“The inside of the post,” Irvine agonised.

“I’ve only scored about three goals in the past four years, so if I’d scored it would have been a very nice surprise.

“My last two goals have been headers, so if it was going to be anything, it would’ve been a header.”