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Jedinak Pleased With Aussie Efforts

23 June 2014

Despite seeing his Australia side slip out of the World Cup after two games, captain Mile Jedinak is still delighted with the efforts shown by his Socceroos side in the tournament so far.

The Eagles midfielder will make his final appearance of the competition against Spain tonight in their final group match, and after producing fine displays against tough opposition in the form of Chile and Holland, Jedinak is hoping the Aussies can round off their tournament by heaping more misery on the beleaguered holders.

Back Down Under the exciting, attacking play shown by a largely inexperienced group of players has caught the imagination of the country and the skipper is delighted that even though results haven't gone their way, they will still return home having reinvigorated interest the sport.

He said: "It is just kicking on from here now, it's all about keeping that buzz going. 

“We have captivated the nation again, and, to a degree, the world but we all know this business and this industry that we're in is driven by results.

"It definitely gives you a feeling of pride, but it also gives you that feeling of what could have been as well.

"It's a major step with what we have done, but the next step is to start getting those results in the big games."

After suffering a 3-1 defeat to dark horses Chile in their first game, the Socceroos bounced back from being a goal down against Holland to lead 2-1 thanks to a Jedinak penalty, but ultimately succumbed to a 3-2 defeat that saw them eliminated.

However with no pressure on them going into this afternoon's encounter with the Spainish, Jedinak is determined to treat the game as professionally as possible to try and beat one of world football's elite sides before enjoying a well-deserved break ahead of pre-season training with the Eagles.

"The tournament not over yet. For this remaining period, the sole focus and remaining energy and concentration levels has to be put into this last game.

"We're going to need it because we all know that even though Spain haven't had the results, they're still a fantastic team in world football."

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