Harry Souttar praised for greatest-ever Socceroos performance at 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar


Teammates and fans laud 198cm monster Harry Souttar for ‘greatest-ever Socceroos performance’ after the Stoke City star set himself up for mammoth EPL contract with epic game-winning tackle against Tunisia

Harry Souttar has been singled out by fans and peers for one of the greatest ever Socceroo performances after an absolutely outstanding game against Tunisia on Saturday night.

Standing at 198cm, the Stoke City defender was a very big reason why the Socceroos managed to keep their first clean sheet in a World Cup since 1974 – and topped it off with a late game-saving tackle in the dramatic 1-0 win.

Harry Souttar (pictured with number 19 on his shirt) has been singled out by fans and peers for one of the greatest ever Socceroo performances after an outstanding game against Tunisia on Saturday night

Standing at 198cm, the Stoke City defender was a very big reason why the Socceroos managed to keep their first clean sheet in a World Cup since 1974 - and topped it off with a late game-saving tackle in the dramatic 1-0 win

Standing at 198cm, the Stoke City defender was a very big reason why the Socceroos managed to keep their first clean sheet in a World Cup since 1974 – and topped it off with a late game-saving tackle in the dramatic 1-0 win

Souttar has already attracted interest from EPL clubs like West Ham and Crystal Palace, and with his colossal performance on the world stage his price tag is sure to skyrocket.

The towering 23-year-old was dominant in the air and won all the tackles he contested – and more importantly has kept the Socceroos’ World Cup dream still alive with his match-winning slide just before full-time.

‘It’s right up there with the very best (Socceroos performances) for a defender, a midfielder, or a forward,’ teammate Jackson Irvine said.

‘It’s one of the best individual (Socceroos) displays ever seen, but he doesn’t need to be told that.

‘And he’s one of the first ones back in the dressing room to say ‘we go again’. That’s the kind of person and player he wants to always push us and push everybody further.

‘That moment and that tackle, it was celebrated almost more than the goal …I think that will be one that’s played for years to come.’

Souttar has already attracted interest from EPL clubs like West Ham and Crystal Palace, and with his colossal performance on the world stage his price tag is sure to skyrocket

Souttar has already attracted interest from EPL clubs like West Ham and Crystal Palace, and with his colossal performance on the world stage his price tag is sure to skyrocket

Socceroo Awer Mabil added: ‘He was amazing. Harry we missed him last year but it just shows his quality and he did it on the world stage. We have a really good team and really credit for Harry for picking himself up and coming back stronger than ever.’ 

Socceroos fans around the globe reacted positively to Souttar’s performance and spectacular tackle.

‘Harry Souttar just adding zero after zero to his transfer value,’ wrote journalist Vince Rugari on Twitter.

The towering 23-year-old was dominant in the air and won all the tackles he contested - and more importantly has kept the Socceroos' World Cup dream still alive

The towering 23-year-old was dominant in the air and won all the tackles he contested – and more importantly has kept the Socceroos’ World Cup dream still alive

‘Harry Souttar is rubbish. Massively overrated and would struggle hugely in the Premier League. Big clubs shouldn’t waste their time and money on him,’ joked a Stoke City supporter who doesn’t want to see Souttar leave the club.

‘Harry Souttar would keep a clean sheet doing Tough Mudder in a ghost costume,’ tweeted a third.

Another user posted a photo of Hadrian’s Wall alongside the comment, ‘This is Harry Souttar’s dad’.

A Twitter user posted this photo of Hadrian's Wall in reference to Souttar's defensive abilities and Scottish heritage

A Twitter user posted this photo of Hadrian’s Wall in reference to Souttar’s defensive abilities and Scottish heritage

Making Souttar’s performance is even more impressive is the fact that he’s only played one senior club match prior to the World Cup after coming back from a serious knee injury.

 ‘You’ve always got to have self belief in yourself and self-confidence,’ Souttar said.

‘But again it’s not a one-man. All the lads were amazing today , doing their roles and their jobs.

‘… I’ve only played three games so I don’t think I’m 100 per cent (fit) but I give 100 percent every game. Towards the end there the legs were starting to go a bit, that last six minutes, I thought ‘just get through it’.

‘… I think today you saw a team that was willing to put bodies on the line, making blocks, tackles, headers, wingers getting back , strikers working hard.. It was an all-round really good performance.’

Making Souttar's performance is even more impressive is the fact that he's only played one senior club match prior to the World Cup after coming back from a serious knee injury

Making Souttar’s performance is even more impressive is the fact that he’s only played one senior club match prior to the World Cup after coming back from a serious knee injury

 The Socceroos are now hoping Tunisia doesn’t beat France, allowing the Aussies to progress to the next round if they manage a draw with Denmark on Thursday morning.

Australia is guaranteed a spot in the round of 16 if it can beat Denmark.

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