It might one day be worthy of note that the Socceroos’ Daniel Arzani will be the youngest player at the FIFA 2018 World Cup tournament.
For now, if the Socceroos fare poorly, the lamentations of having a player lacking experience on the big stage might overshadow Arzani’s record of being the youngest to take the pitch.
Now, if Arzani were to net a couple, there will be a lot of babies named Daniel in 2019.
Arzani’s meteoric rise is far more significant that his youngest player in Russia distinction. It was just last August when he burst onto the scene with Melbourne City in the FFA Cup. He has just 16 starts to his professional career and he only got on as a sub when Australia was able to clear the bench in the 4 – 0 friendly victory over the Czech Republic.
Arzani does not get the bragging rights to youngest player in World Cup tournament play. Christian Eriksen, one of the players for Australia’s Group C opponents Denmark, was just beyond 18 when he made his World Cup debut in 2010.
Australia’s first opponent in the upcoming World Cup tournament is France, who has its own youngster in Kylian Mbappe.
At the other end of the scale, Arzani’s age is doubled by Tim Cahill. Cahill will be the fourth oldest player in Russia, but Cahill is a mere tot by comparison to Egypt captain and goalkeeper Essan El-Hadary, who has the long teeth of a forty-five year old.
On the other side of the coin, the talent coin, Germany is so blessed with riches that it was able to take the move of questionable sanity by leaving Leroy Sane off its World Cup squad. Sane broke into the German side following their 2014 World Cup win.
Reports indicate that Sane was omitted by Coach Joachim Low when the coach’s patience reached an ebb point centering on Sane’s mentality.