Denis Genreau becomes Socceroo #610 with World Cup Qualifier Debut
Macarthur FC’s Denis Genreau made his national debut for the Socceroos in their FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Qualifying match against Chinese Taipei in Kuwait, becoming Socceroo #610.
The 22-year-old midfielder created history this morning, becoming the first Bulls player to represent the Socceroos while playing for the club.
Having booked their place in the third stage of World Cup qualifying with two games to spare, Genreau said it was a massive honour to receive his first national cap.
“It’s a massive honour.”
“I’m really happy to be given the opportunity to represent my country.” Genreau said post-match.
Despite the oppressing 38-degree heat, Genreau was named to start in Graeme Arnold’s side, having named an entirely different starting XI from their first match since the restart of qualifying, last Friday.
Australia has now won six straight games – either side of an 18-month lay-off – for the first time since Frank Farina’s side in 2001.
With Macarthur FC having no shortage of historic Socceroo experience at the club, – almost 200 national caps across players & coaching staff - Genreau’s debut on Tuesday morning heralds in a new era for the start-up club, becoming the first Bulls player to represent the Socceroos whilst playing for the club.
“I’d like to thank all the coaching staff and players at Macarthur for all the support and guidance they have given me this season. Without them I wouldn’t be in this position.”
With the Tokyo Olympics just around the corner, Genreau is knocking on the door of Olyroos selection.
“For me this has been a great learning experience. Coming into camp and learning off the older boys has been great. Tonight, making my debut is another learning experience. I’m really looking forward to what the future holds, but for now I’m just concentrating on putting my best foot forward for the team.”