The beautiful Socceroos moment you may have missed with Martin Boyle
Three weeks before the World Cup kicked off, Socceroos winger Martin Boyle injured his knee playing for Scottish club Hibernian.
The injury ruled him out of the World Cup, and scans have since revealed a torn ACL and the end of his season.
Losing him wasn’t just an on-field blow to the Socceroos, but an off-field hit as well.
In fact, so big is his impact on the club, Arnold moved him into the team’s staff as a “vibe manager” so as to not send him home.
“He’s one of the most fantastic blokes you’ll ever meet,” Arnold said.
“There was no way he wanted to go home, and no way I wanted to send him home. He deserves it more than anybody for what he did in the qualifying campaign.”
After the Socceroos’ win against Tunisia, Arnold dragged Boyle – crutches and all – into the middle of the celebratory huddle as fans sang merrily along to Men At Work’s “Down Under”, blaring over the stadium speakers after the final whistle.
Boyle has had surgery in Qatar and has begun rehab for the 2023-24 campaign.