’Aussie’ Irvine owes his Dutch grandfather


With the entrance of Bert van Marwijk and his team of nine assistants and other specialists, there has been a Dutch invasion at the Australian team. Nonetheless, the Dutch influences are not restricted to the Team and Van Marwijk. Australian international Aaron Mooy is of partly Dutch descent, and that is also the case with Jackson Irvine. The midfielder told in the run-up to the world cup kick-off for the Socceroos against France, that his grandfather is responsible for ensuring that he is going to play football. In his early years, did Irvine to Australian football, and that grandpa found but nothing. “He is of big influence and took me in the direction of the football pushed as a child,” said Irvine in Kazan, where he worked with Van Marwijk and the Dutch assistants preparing for the world cup. “My grandfather was happy that a Dutch coach arrived. And he was also very happy with the arrival of Mark van Bommel, a legendary ex-player. Normally it is for him difficult to who he should be cheering, Australia or the Netherlands, but in this case, this does not.”

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