Former Socceroo Craig Foster wasted no time following the exit by the Australians from the 2018 FIFA World Cup Finals.
He unleashed his vitriolic condemnation of the state of Australian football soon after the final whistle sounded on the 2 – 0 defeat at the hands of Peru.
He does have a valid point in some regards. The Socceroos failed to score a single, solitary goal from open play, the only two in three matches coming off the foot of Captain Mile Jedinak from the spot.
The results of the Socceroos in 2018 basically mirror those from the 2014 tournament, in that Australia went out on three matches. The optimistic would claim that this time around, the Socceroos at least secured a draw.
Speaking to reporters, Foster said, “There is no question that we could have done more,” Foster said after full-time. “In my view, we haven’t learnt from the last four years and we’ve come here and … according to the style of play, the guys executed it extremely well, but Australia’s capable of more.”
Foster was not content to leave it at that.
“We’re capable of much more against Denmark and the real problem for Australia is that if we’d actually won this game and gone through … I would have preferred that France won, so that we can feel more pain right now. Otherwise it is just another moment where everyone feels we almost got there. We walk away. We dust ourselves off and learn very little, if anything, and then move on to the next campaign.”
Foster’s frank assessment of the 2018 FIFA World Cup version of the Socceroos is harsh, but that is his job these days, as he continues to follow football as a football analyst for Special Broadcasting Service.
The Socceroos’ campaign certainly appeared perplexing from a longer perspective, as well.
After Ange Postecoglou steered the team from Brazil in 2014 and all the way through the subsequent years of qualifying, he quit in 2017 and Australia was forced to enlist a mercenary in the form of Bert van Marwijk, who threw the plan of Postecoglou into the dustbin.