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Dozen Eagles Get International Calls

16 May 2014


Twelve Crystal Palace stars have been selected to represent their countries after a busy week of international call-ups.

Eagles captain Mile Jedinak (pictured above) leads the way after being named in Australia’s preliminary 30-man squad ahead of this summer’s World Cup in Brazil. 

The 29-year-old is expected to pull on the armband for the Socceroos this summer and could play alongside former Millwall and Everton midfielder Tim Cahill, who has also been named in head coach Ange Postecoglu’s party. 

The Aussies are currently taking part in a pre-tournament training camp in Gosford and Sydney, ahead of their flight to Brazil on 28th May.

They will take on defending champions Spain, 2010 runners-up the Netherlands and Chile in a tough looking Group B.

Another Palace midfielder on course to make next month’s World Cup is Algeria’s Adlene Guedioura. 

The former Nottingham Forest and Wolves man is included in the African nation’s preliminary 30-man squad, which also includes Tottenham youngster Nabil Bentaleb and former Charlton Athletic man Majid Bougherra.  

The Eagles’ strong Welsh contingent have also gained further international recognition, with four players from the principality named in Chris Coleman’s party for their upcoming friendly against the Netherlands.

Wayne Hennessey, Danny Gabbidon, Jonny Williams and Joe Ledley have all made the cut ahead of the glamour tie against Louis van Gaal’s men on 4th June. 

Meanwhile, defensive trio Damien Delaney, Adrian Mariappa and Jonny Parr have all been called up to represent the Republic of Ireland, Jamaica and Norway respectively during the coming weeks.

Delaney has been selected by Martin O’Neill for Ireland’s busy schedule of summer friendlies, which includes games against Turkey on 25th May, Italy on 31st May, Costa Rica on 6th June and Portugal on 10th June.

Jamaican full-back Mariappa has a similar hectic diary of matches lined up, with fixtures against Serbia, Switzerland and France lined up for 26th May, 30th May and 8th June respectively. 

Parr’s Norway side face two tough tests against World Cup qualifiers France on 27th May and Russia on 31st May as they prepare for their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign, which begins in September. 

Barry Bannan will be in action for Scotland just a few miles away at Fulham’s Craven Cottage stadium, where Gordon Strachan’s side take on Nigeria on 28th May. 

Blackpool loanee Tom Ince will be in under-21 action as England face Wales in a UEFA Under-21 Championship qualifier on 19th May, while fellow midfielder Kagisho Dikgacoi completes the club’s international contingent, but he has unfortunately been forced to withdraw from the South Africa squad due to injury.

He had been set to come up against his Eagles midfield partner Jedinak in a friendly against Australia in Sydney on 26th May.

Keep an eye on cpfc.co.uk this summer to find out how our international Eagles fare!


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