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By the time Australian goalkeeper Mathew Ryan retires, he could be the Socceroos' greatest ever No. 1.
Two years ago, former Manchester United keeper Mark Bosnich was already ordaining Ryan, then with Central Coast Mariners, as a world-class goalkeeping prospect.
"For me, for a goalkeeper, the No. 1 thing is domination of the box. He [Ryan] does that, that really sorts out the men from the boys," Bosnich said, per Matchday Saturday (h/t David Weiner at Fox Sports). "His technical ability is fantastic."
With Mitchell Langerak (Borussia Dortmund) and Brad Jones (Liverpool) being reserves at club level, the regular reps Ryan receives at Club Brugge will separate him from the pack.
Australia are in a group containing reigning FIFA World Cup champions Spain, World Cup finalists the Netherlands and a strong Chilean team that stood toe-to-toe with Germany in a recent friendly.
What does this mean?
Ryan will be picking the ball out of his net quite frequently, but he will be given the chance to make save after save.