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Garner - A wonderful achievement for Wollacott

Gaffer on Keeper's World Cup exploits

1 April 2022

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Swindon Town Head Coach Ben Garner has heaped praise on Jojo Wollacott following the Goalkeeper's incredible week with Ghana.

Wollacott enjoyed arguably the peak of his career so far on Tuesday, producing heroics in goal against Nigeria to help the Black Stars qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

And, speaking at his pre-game press conference earlier today, Garner was full of praise for the Town Keeper and gave his thoughts on the accomplishment

"Brilliant for Jojo, wonderful achievement for a goalkeeper playing in League Two to be representing his country and now going to a World Cup is incredible, to be honest," Garner said.

"Everyone here is absolutely delighted for him, it’ll be a wonderful experience to go and play in the World Cup.

"Hopefully, he can keep that shirt with Ghana and go and play in the World Cup. 

"Any experience like that for any player can improve you. He’s a very level-headed guy, really driven and motivated and that experience will just make him better.

"Wonderful experience, but also an intimidating one, especially in the second leg, so going through that as a player is something that will help him in terms of his future career and his upcoming games for sure.

"I spoke to him briefly and he loved it, in terms of qualifying, the experience. Spoke to him about some of the other aspects of the game and what went on, but as I say, he’s a really level-headed guy, takes it all in his stride.

"He came back in yesterday for a quick check-up, he only arrived yesterday morning and he'll be back in training with the group and we’ll have a proper catch-up today.

"He seems to be fine, we’ll see how he is this morning, but I don’t expect any issues with him so we’ll just double-check this morning, make sure he’s all okay and then team selection can go forward from there."


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