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Wright’s Socceroos are heading to Russia

Bailey Wright’s Australia have booked their place at the 2018 FIFA World Cup after overcoming Honduras in a two-legged play-off.

The sides went into the second leg in Sydney locked at 0-0, but a second half hat-trick from Mile Jedinak saw the home side qualify for their fourth successive World Cup.

Jedinak opened the scoring early into the second half with a deflected free kick, before the Aston Villa midfielder successfully converted two spot-kicks to put the tie beyond doubt.

Honduras did prevent Wright - who completed 90 minutes - from keeping a clean sheet, when Maynor Figueroa bundled the ball home from a corner, but it proved nothing but a consolation.

Wright is set to be the third-ever City player to feature at the tournament, following on from Luke Wilkshire, who also represented Australia in 2006, while fellow teammate Hordur Magnusson will compete in Russia with Iceland.

Bailey Wright and his teammates sing the national anthem prior to kick-off
Australia qualify for their fourth successive World Cup