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Jedinak named World Cup captain

Australia's 2014 World Cup Leadership team
Australia's 2014 World Cup Leadership team
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Mile Jedinak was announced as the captain of the Australian team for the 2014 World Cup as Ange Postecoglou made the announcement on Wednesday.

The appointment of Jedinak as captain is not a shock, coming in as captain of Crystal Palace for two seasons and having previously lead the Socceroos in the lead up.

In addition to Jedinak being named the captain, his leadership will be helped by veterans Tim Cahill and Mark Bresciano, who will serve as vice-captains.

Jedinak will be just the fourth Australian to be the captain of Australia at the World Cup, joining Peter Wilson, Mark Viduka and Lucas Neill.

Having lead Crystal Place to promotion to the English Premier League his leadership continued on in the Premiership as Jedinak kept Palace up despite being highly fancied to go straight back down.

Jedinak has previously captained Australia on one previous occasion having captained Australia in the friendly against Ecuador, Postecoglou’s first captaincy appointment.

The decision to appoint Bresciano and Cahill as vice captains continues Postecoglou’s mentality of having a leadership team with the Socceroos rather than just one main leader.

All three men formed a part of Postecoglou’s early announcement of a leadership team that would lead the Australians rather than just appointing Jedinak as a loan captain.

Football Federation Australia’s announcement of the leadership team, reflected the view that it is a combination of three rather than just Jedinak.

The hierarchy will quickly be established between Bresciano and Cahill as it is expected that Jedinak will not play in the South Africa friendly, which should see one of Bresicano and Cahill take the armband for that match.

Jedinak spoke of his pride in a press conference “Just pulling the Socceroo shirt on fills me with pride but to be leading out my country and these players at the World Cup on behalf of all Australians is special.”

It will be a tough task for Jedinak, having to lead Australia against both 2010 finalists; Spain and the Netherlands and widely fancied Chile.

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