Jedinak named Socceroos skipper

The experienced midfielder will extend his leadership duties from club football to the national team after being handed Australia's World Cup armband by Ange Postecoglou
As expected, Crystal Palace skipper Mile Jedinak has been handed the captain's armband for Australia's FIFA World Cup campaign.

Australia's coach Ange Postecoglou announced on Wednesday that Jedinak would lead his inexperienced side in Brazil.

Postecoglou, who was only installed as Australia's coach in October after Holger Osieck was sacked, has embarked on a rebuilding program ahead of Brazil 2014 to develop the Socceroos for the 2015 AFC Asian Cup and the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign.

And with Jedinak one of only six players with more than 30 caps for Australia - and the sole Australian who regularly plays for a club in the Premier League - the defensive midfielder was the obvious choice to captain the Socceroos at the World Cup finals.

Jedinak only became a professional footballer at the age of 22, when he signed for Central Coast Mariners in the A-League.

The 29-year-old made his international debut in 2008 and has played 43 matches for Australia, scoring four goals.

After helping Central Coast win the A-League premiership in the 2007-08 season, the Sydney-born midfielder moved to Genclerbirligi and spent four seasons in Turkey's Super Lig, before joining Palace in July 2011.

Jedinak has made 119 appearances for Palace and was vital to the London-based Premier League club's drive up the table under Tony Pulis in the second half of last season.

The powerfully-built defensive midfielder, who stands at 1.88 metres tall, led the Premier League in interceptions and clearances.