Wright craving England clash

Socceroo Bailey Wright can’t wait to take on England in the friendly scheduled for May in Sunday.

Australia and the Three Lions will meet at the Stadium of Light on May 27.
England will use the match as preparation for Euro 2016.

Wright, who plys his trade in the UK with Preston North End, is one Socceroo who is looking forward to the game with Australia and England regular rivals in several sports.

“It’ll be a big game for England before the Euros, and it’ll be a big game for us to give them a test before they go away,” he told FourFourTwo. 

“It’ll be a great opportunity to play England in England. There’s quite a few of the [Socceroo] boys who play in England as well. Some who will have played with or against some of those in the England squad.

“There’s bragging rights for sure. There’s a lot of history between England and Australia in other sports, not just football, in cricket and rugby and everything. It’d be nice to finish on top and make a few English fans a bit upset.

“It’s a massive opportunity for us to play against the country where a lot of us ply our trade.”

The last time the two countries met in a senior football international was in 2003 when Australia prevailed 3-1 at Upton Park.

“I always remember that game,” Wright said.

“I always tell people here when they say something about Australian football, I always say hang on what happened the last time we played you. You can always brag about that.

“I always make sure I remember about that because it’s my bit of ammo whenever I get a bit of stick.”

Wright has been based in England’s north with Preston since 2009.

The defender said he’s already had some of his club teammates asking him for tickets.

“A few of the boys have already said if I’ve involved they’re keen to go and go watch,” Wright said.

“Some of them even said they want to sit with the Aussie fans and want to support Australia. Some have said they’ll support England. There’s a few mixed reactions, some will want England to win, some will want Australia to win.

“I’ve adopted a few of them as Aussies so hopefully I’ll get a few of them down to watch that. It’ll be a great occasion for both countries. I’ve already had a few asking for tickets.

“Obviously I need to focus on football and got from there. A few haven’t shied away from trying to get hold of a few of tickets.”

Wright believes the Socceroos will be extra motivated to put on a good performance against England.

“It’d be nice if it was at Wembley, but they’ll be playoffs [on],” the centre back said.

“It’ll still be quality. Hopefully there’s a few Aussies there.”