Mile Jedinak has been named in Australia’s 22-man squad to take on Brazil, in the capital Brasilia on 7th September.
Socceroos boss Holger Osieck has given the 29-year-old midfielder the opportunity to earn his 39th cap, in a friendly game that will no doubt provide a stern test for Jedinak's side.
If the combative midfielder plays a part, he will come up against some of the world’s best, including Neymar, Hulk and Ramires, who have all been named among the Brazil party. With a couple of impressive and gutsy individual performances in the Premier League already under his belt, the Crystal Palace stand-in captain will relish the chance to face off against the Confederations Cup winners.
Meanwhile, the Eagles Welsh duo Jonny Williams and Danny Gabbidon have been selected for their country’s forthcoming FIFA World Cup 2014 qualifying matches. Gabbidon, the more experienced of the two, is edging ever closer to a half century of caps for his country, while Williams could add to his haul of three caps.
Wales’ first game is on Friday 6th September 2013 at 7pm against Macedonia in Skopje, before they return to Cardiff the following week to entertain Serbia at the Cardiff City Stadium, on Tuesday 10th September 2013.
They currently sit fourth in Group A behind Belgium, Croatia and Serbia with six points, having secured two victories over fellow home nation Scotland.
Kagisho Dikgacoi has also been selected for international duty after being named in the South Africa squad for their friendly against Botswana on Saturday 7th September. The game will be played at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, an arena used at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Dikgacoi has been representing the “Bafana Bafana” since his debut back in 2007, and has since made 53 appearances, including twice when the World Cup came to Africa.