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Risdon ecstatic after Socceroos debut

  • Risdon ecstatic after Socceroos debut

A Socceroos debut was a dream come true for Perth Glory defender Josh Risdon - even if the Dhaka pitch was a little dodgy.

Risdon was handed his first international cap in Australia's 4-0 World Cup qualifying thrashing of Bangladesh on Tuesday night.

The 23-year-old produced a solid performance at right-back, where coach Ange Postecoglou gave him a start against the 180th-ranked South Asian nation and left Ryan McGowan warming the bench.'

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Aside from one or two second-half slip-ups, Risdon made some nice touches used his pace to go forward, even providing the cross for one of Tim Cahill's three first-half goals.

"Putting on that shirt was an amazing feeling and being out there with some great players, it was really good just to represent my country," Risdon said afterwards.

"It's been a dream of mine since I was a young boy and I'm glad it's come true."

Not every element of the match at Bangabandhu National Stadium featured in Risdon's childhood dreams.

"The pitch was a bit wobbly and it was very humid and hot," he said.

"It was tough conditions for my first game. But you've got to put that aside at international level and just play your best."

It's been a whirlwind ride for the Bunbury-born Glory mainstay who only entered his first Socceroos camp last week as Postecoglou's bolter selection.

The match also doubled as a second cap for left-back James Meredith, after the Bradford City defender debuted against Kyrgyzstan in Canberra last week.

"You give them opportunities I guess," Postecoglou said.

"Whether it creates depth is going to be up to those players, and whether they keep growing and developing.

"This phase of qualifying, I thought it was important to expose as many as we can to nights like tonight where you're going to face a team sitting back in difficult conditions, on a difficult pitch.

"The more we do that, the more certain players will grow and they'll create some more depth."

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