'We could have scored more than three': Farina lauds Socceroos in England boilover
Socceroos coach Frank Farina believes Australia were exceptional value for their shock 3-1 triumph over England in this week’s international friendly.
Goals from Tony Popovic, Harry Kewell and Brett Emerton cancelled out a Francis Jeffers strike midway through the second half to seal a momentous boilover in London.
A capacity Upton Park crowd watched on as the Socceroos cruised to their maiden victory over England at senior international level.
Speaking post game, Farina lauded his outfit’s showing.
“When you look at the game as a whole, I thought we played extremely well,” he reflected.
“Without sounding big-headed, I thought we could have scored more than three.
“If someone would have said to me that you’d win 3-1 before the game I wouldn’t have believed them.
“I'm very happy. Happy doesn't cover it.”
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Farina believes the ‘friendly’ label stamped upon the contest does not detract from an historic Socceroos performance.
“I don’t think any footballer goes into a game and considers it a friendly,” he declared.
“It was a big game for Australia and we’re very pleased with the result.”
On the other hand, Sven-Göran Eriksson credited his heroic Australian opposition as he was left to rue England’s “lack of concentration.”
“Congratulations to Australia,” he said. “they fought well and wanted to win the game which they did.”