Crystal Palace skipper Mile Jedinak captained Australia for the first time last night on what was a memorable night for our international Eagles.
The midfielder proudly led out the Socceroos at Millwall’s home, The Den, on Wednesday – and he scored his fourth international goal from the spot after 15 minutes as his country built up a commanding 3-0 lead over Ecuador at half time.
A brace from former Millwall man Tim Cahill on his old stomping ground helped the Aussies take total control during the first period, but a stirring second half performance from the South American outfit - inspired by Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia - saw Ecuador mount a stunning comeback and nick an injury-time winner to steal an unlikely 4-3 win.
That defeat was the only blot on the Eagles midweek international report though. Adlene Guedioura’s Algeria got things off to a winning start with a 2-0 success over Slovenia – although Palace’s midfielder was an unused substitute in his country’s last friendly fixture ahead of the World Cup in Brazil.
That same fate befell Jonny Parr, who looked on from the bench as Norway drew 2-2 in a thrilling game against the Czech Republic in Prague, while Tom Ince played all 90 minutes of England Under-21s 1-0 triumph over Wales in their Euro 2015 qualifier at Derby County’s iPro Stadium.
Barry Bannan played more than an hour for Scotland as they record a morale-boosting 1-0 success over Poland in Warsaw – a team they will face again when their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign gets underway in September.
And Wayne Hennessey, Danny Gabbidon and Jonny Williams all played their parts for Wales as they ran out 3-1 winners over Iceland at the Cardiff City Stadium.
We'll have all the reaction from Mile Jedinak on his first game as Socceroos captain in this week's edition of Extra Time and in Saturday's copy of the Palace Programme. Don't miss it!