Socceroos coach Graham Arnold calls for public holiday to celebrate historic World Cup 2022 win over Denmark | 7NEWS

    Anthony Albanese has not ruled out declaring a national public holiday to celebrate the Socceroos’ World Cup achievements.

    And in the unlikely – but not impossible – scenario captain Mat Ryan lifts the trophy in Qatar, the Prime Minister concedes he may not be able to “resist” such calls.

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    “I do note the calls around Australia for a public holiday to be declared,” Albanese told parliament on Thursday.

    “It was a bit late at 4am (AEDT) to call a public holiday today.

    “But I reckon if we win the World Cup, that might be a different story. So we’ll wait and see how that goes.

    “I think that would be very hard to resist.”

    Then-prime minister Bob Hawke famously said, “Any boss who sacks anyone for not turning up today is a bum” after Australia’s iconic victory in the 1983 America’s Cup yacht race.

    After Australia’s historic 1-0 win over Denmark at the football World Cup on Thursday morning (AEDT) – sending the Socceroos through to the last 16 for just the second time ever – coach Graham Arnold channelled his inner Hawke by suggesting, in jest, the nation should observe a public holiday to celebrate.

    Euphoric scenes erupted at Melbourne’s Federation Square and around the country when Mat Leckie’s goal sunk world No.10 Denmark in one of the upsets of the tournament.

    Australia-wide, pub and club licences were extended so thousands of dedicated fans could brave the early hours of Thursday morning to watch history unfold, despite the working day just hours away.

    With productivity in offices around the country expected to plummet, Arnold – speaking after the meritorious win – suggested weary workers should be relieved of their duties, just for the day.

    “Do I need to ask Anthony Albanese again to give the people a day off to celebrate?” Arnold said.

    “I think there’ll be some hangovers (around the country) and some joy in the Australian team.

    “I’m just so proud of the boys, it’s remarkable.”

    Albanese moved a motion in parliament congratulating and declaring support for the Socceroos, who “have made us proud” after the “extraordinary win against a very high-class team” in Denmark.

    “They should know that all Australians are on their side and will be cheering them on against Argentina,” he said.

    Aaron Mooy, the most introverted Socceroo, succinctly summed up what Australia’s triumphant World Cup team hope they are doing for their cherished sport.

    “Hopefully it’s making other kids fall in love with it,” Mooy said.

    “That’s what the Socceroos have always done, inspire the next generation.

    “And all the kids back home will be watching, and see that we won and probably say ‘I want to be a footballer’.”

    The Socceroos have been on a mission in Doha not just to win football games but also the hearts and minds of Australians.

    “We sit on the backburner with a lot of codes in our country,” striker Jamie Maclaren said.

    “So, to sit here now and do what only one other Socceroos team has done before is massive.”

    Australia’s 1-0 win over Denmark secured a berth in the World Cup’s knockout stages for only the second time, repeating the achievement of 2006.

    And before the Socceroos caught the team bus back to their Doha base, they had already watched with wonderment the wild celebrations at Federation Square.

    “It just shows that there’s people in our country that love this game,” Maclaren said.

    “And that is just one city.

    “Us boys who want to give everything, who want to represent our nation, just come and support us.”

    Midfielder Jackson Irvine was buzzing, just as he was when in the crowd watching the Socceroos at the 2006 World Cup.

    “Being that kid, a 13-year-old in ‘06 in the crowd and watching those players do what I hope we have done for a group of kids out there,” Irvine said.

    “To show Australian kids, Australian football, that we can play at this level, that we can compete at this level and it’s possible.

    “(I’m) immensely proud to have hopefully given someone else that inspiration.”

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