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Mile Jedinak considered for shock World Cup defensive switch by Australian coach Bert van Marwijk

6:54 AM GMT 06/06/2018
Mile Jedinak
The skipper could be set for a new national team role in Russia

Socceroos skipper Mile Jedinak says he is being looked at as a central defensive option for the World Cup by coach Bert van Marwijk.

The 33-year-old was an unused substitute in the green and gold's 4-0 win over Czech Republic last week, with Aaron Mooy and Massimo Luongo combining solidly in midfield.

There have been calls by former Socceroos Mark Bosnich and Paul Okon for Jedinak to be dropped from midfield for the first match against France, instead pairing the more fluid Mooy and Luongo.

But Jedinak has revealed he might not even play in middle of park, admitting he has been training as both midfielder and a centre half since joining the national team camp late following Aston Villa's loss to Fulham in the Championship playoff.

"I've done both [defence and midfield] in training so I assume that I'm being looked at in both positions," Jedinak told AAP.

"I was the last one to come in [to Socceroos camp] regarding the players.

"Now I'm here I can see the work that everyone is putting in is showing.

"The boys got a lot of information last week and this week and I'm enjoying being a part of it, learning what's been asked of us and implementing that."

Jedinak has never been used a centre-half for Australia in his 75 caps, but played the position for Aston Villa seven times during the recent Championship season.

While vice-captain Trent Sainsbury has one of the central defensive positions locked down - the other is open and it appears Jedinak will be vying with Mark Milligan and Matthew Jurman for the role.

A switch to defence for Jedinak could allow Australia to play a more mobile central midfield featuring a combination of Mooy, Luongo, Tom Rogic and Jackson Irvine.

It's likely Van Marwijk will be keen to see Jedinak alongside Sainsbury before the World Cup commences, and the duo could start together in the June 9 friendly against Hungary.

Australia's World Cup kicks off on June 16 versus France in Kazan before matches against Denmark and Peru round out their group C campaign.