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Oct 11, 2013

France nightmare won't deter Langerak

Almost lost in the drama of Holger Osieck's demise in Paris was one of the toughest Socceroos initiations in recent memory.

But promising goalkeeper Mitch Langerak believes Australia's nightmare in France will ultimately help rather than hinder his fledgling international career.

Handed an overdue debut in place of the rested Mark Schwarzer, 25-year-old Langerak spent much of his first appearance retrieving the ball from the back of the net.

But the 6-0 scoreline at Parc des Princes did not reflect a disastrous showing from the up-and-coming Borussia Dortmund gloveman.

In fact, the losing margin could have greater had Langerak not pulled off a couple of great saves, including a remarkable point-blank effort to deny Arsenal star Olivier Giroud early on.

Langerak was perhaps caught out of position when Giroud did open his account but there were no genuine howlers as a red-hot France side scored a string of cracking goals, some with unstoppable power and others finding the corners with precision.

Langerak is likely to get plenty more opportunities in between the sticks for his country and believes he can use the experience to spur him on.

"It was just one of those nights," Langerak said.

"If there's one thing you can take out of a result or a heavy loss like that, you take the experience and you can put those behind you," Langerak said.

"Hopefully, it doesn't happen again but you try to look at positives and, if that can build me up for the future, that's one of the very, very small positives."

Former Melbourne Victory 'keeper Langerak has waited patiently for his chance behind evergreen Schwarzer and is viewed by many as the next long-term No.1.

His recent form, including an impressive Champions League debut for his German club, convinced Osieck to give him a first start.

"I've waited a long time but whether it was my first game or my 70th game tonight, it wouldn't have mattered," Langerak said.

"It's a privilege to play for the Socceroos and, when the national anthem played tonight, I definitely had goosebumps.

"It was a phenomenal feeling but, of course, it's a bit soured because of the result."

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