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"There's the moment I may never have played for Australia again": Paul Wade on being dropped against Canada
listen to paul wade discuss the events proceeding him being dropped
Former Socceroo captain Paul Wade says he was close to never playing for Australia again had it not been for his resilience.
Wade was excluded from Australia's first leg World Cup qualifier against Canada in 1993 and says he was immediately asked by journalists to give his thoughts on head coach Eddie Thompson.
“There’s the moment I may never have played for Australia again,” Wade said.
Wade revealed on FNR_Football Nation Radio’s Football Extra the decision made by Thompson to exclude him from the squad put his lack of form and contribution into perspective.
“You don’t realise how much you’re not giving until someone gives you a kick up the backside,” Wade said.
According to Wade, his “choices and resilience” were significant in helping him change his attitude and improve his on-field performances.
“I [was] sitting there panicking and the first thing I did was turn to Ral Blanco and said ‘come on, I need to do a training session’,
“It was so hard but at least it was getting that stress out of my system, that fear of failure,” Wade said.
While Wade’s dedication towards his training and shift in attitude impressed Thompson, it was not enough for Wade to return to the starting eleven for the second leg against Canada.
“[Thompson] knew by kicking me up the backside I was going to react in a positive way,” Wade said.
Wade came on as a substitute in the second leg in Sydney where he scored the first penalty in the penalty shootout which resulted in Australia progressing to the next round of qualifiers.
“Sometimes choices and resilience go together,” Wade said
Football Extra airs daily from 9am (AEDT) hosted by Carlos Alberto Diego on FNR_Football Nation Radio.
listen to the full interview here