Mile Jedinak will become the first player to captain Australia at two FIFA World Cups, having been appointed in early 2014 by previous coach Ange Postecoglou. Being strong in the tackle and in the air have made Jedinak a key figure in the defensive midfield role.
Despite Jedinak’s physical presence, he also boasts a strong passing range and quality shooting from distance. Australia’s regular penalty-taker scored from the spot at Brazil 2014, and netted a rare hat-trick - including two spot-kicks - against Honduras in the intercontinental play-off which guaranteed the Socceroos a fourth successive World Cup qualification. Debuting in 2008, Jedinak is one of the few survivors from the 2010 World Cup.
Jedinak has played club football in Australia, Croatia – the homeland of his parents – and Turkey. Most notably he had five seasons at Crystal Palace, including several as captain in the English Premier League.