Jedinak quits international football after earning 79 caps for Australia

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The Aston Villa star has followed the lead of fellow Socceroos stalwart Tim Cahill by removing himself from consideration for any more call-ups

Veteran midfielder Mile Jedinak has retired from international football three months on from captaining Australia at a World Cup for the second time.

The Aston Villa man won 79 caps and scored 20 goals during a decade-long stint with the Socceroos.

He notably skippered the side to glory at the Asian Cup in 2015 and played a key part in qualifying the team for Russia 2018, where the 34-year-old notched twice from the penalty spot.

Jedinak's departure leaves new boss Graham Arnold with a vast leadership gap to address following Tim Cahill's earlier decision to call time on his international career.

In a lengthy Instagram post, Jedinak explained his decision by saying: “After much deliberation I have made the decision to retire from playing international football.

 

 

“As a young boy growing up it was my dream to play for Australia and to pull on the famous green and gold shirt to represent my country. To have been given the opportunity to not only fulfil that dream, but to have done it 79 times, and many of which as captain, makes me incredibly proud and thankful.

“The feeling of captaining our country to Asian Cup glory in 2015, and to have been able to contribute to achieving success for Australia, will stay with me forever. Additionally being able to captain the team, and score, in two World Cups is something I could only have dreamed about as a boy.”

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Steven Lowy, chairman of Football Federation Australia, said when paying tribute to a Socceroos stalwart: “Mile Jedinak has been a fantastic servant to Australian football over a long period of time and his leadership of the national team has been truly inspirational.

“He is the only male player in the history of Australian football to captain Australia at two FIFA World Cups and was the first and only Australian captain to lead the Socceroos to an AFC Asian Cup title.” 

“On behalf of the Australian football family I would like to thank Mile for his contribution to the game in Australia and wish him well for the remainder of his club career,” he said.

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