Socceroos on Wright path

Bailey Wright says Australia can build from their Confederations Cup performances and become even more dominant as they look to secure their spot in next year’s World Cup.

Bailey Wright

Bailey Wright, left, battles with Paulinho of Brazil for the ball Source: Getty Images

The Socceroos face Japan and Thailand this month in their final two World Cup qualifiers. Victories in both, or a draw and a win, should be enough to see the green and gold in Russia in 2018.

Australia impressed against Chile in a 1-1 draw in Moscow but Wright told The World Game the national team won’t be resting on their laurels.

“We’re getting close to our next stage of qualifiers in three weeks time,” he said.

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“They’re big games for us but no bigger than all the other games we’ve played in. That’s what you want when you play for your country, you play against some good teams and in big games. We’re looking forward to it.

“The squad hasn’t been announced yet so we’re all itching to see who’s selected and we want to be part of it. For me it’s another great opportunity to be part of something great.

“We had a good Confederations Cup, put in some good performances, but we want to carry on and get even better and make our performances even more dominant."

Wright’s club season in England has started positively with two victories in his first two games.

Bristol City knocked off Barnsley 3-1 in the Championship last weekend and then defeated Plymouth Argyle 5-0 in the EFL Cup on Tuesday.

“Saturday was a great start to the season for us,” the centre back said.

“The performance and the result we’re good. It was frustrating to concede from a defender’s point of view and the team’s point of view. But we very much deserved the win, it could have been more of us as well.

“The positive thing for us was the things we’ve been working on in pre-season, in training and in games came out in the first game of the season and we really showed what we’re about.

“That’s the platform now and we want to continue to get better and better and push on. A lot of confidence we can take from that. For myself it was nice to get off to a winning start as a captain as well."



Wright only joined City in January from Preston North End and has been made captain for this season.

The 25-year-old revealed Lee Johnson’s side has big ambitions, namely reaching the Premier League. The Robins have never played in the glamorous competition since its formation in 1992.

Wright wants to end that record by securing promotion.

“We want to be pushing for promotion,” the defender said.

“I don’t see that there’s anything stopping us. It’s very much what we want to achieve we can go and do it. We’ve got a great squad here and great foundations, it’s a massive club.

“We’ve got great supporters, a massive fanbase so everything has ticked in the boxes for us to do well. It’s up to us as a group of players to go and achieve that. I feel and believe that we can.

“We’ve had a good preparation this pre-season and we’ve come together as a team. That’s our goal, we want to finish as high up that table as possible and be knocking on the door for promotion.

“We know it’s a long season and we’ll take it each game as it comes.”


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Published 11 August 2017 at 10:34pm
By John Davidson