Mitch Langerak was like every other Australian soccer fan watching that penalty shootout against Peru.
The long-time custodian, based in Japan with his young family, had retired from the international game and was riding every kick and save in the Qatar World Cup qualifier.
“Unbelievable … it (the broadcast) sort of skipped for one of the penalties and I was on the floor,” he told reporters in Brisbane on Tuesday.
“Watching it (as a fan), you revert back to a little boy; set your alarm and get up to watch.
“You get nervous and you’re pumped to watch it … we were all 12, 13 year-olds watching Harry (Kewell) and Timmy (Cahill).”
That upset defeat of Peru impacted Langerak more than the average fan, though.
With Japan finally relaxing their strict COVID-19 restrictions he was able to reconsider international retirement and has now been welcomed back into the fold ahead of November’s World…