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Jedinak Breaks Palace Cap Record

31 May 2016


Friday night saw Mile Jedinak become Crystal Palace’s all-time record international cap holder as he played for the 37th time for Australia during his time with the Eagles.

The Aussie skipper saw his side fall to a 2-1 defeat to England at the Stadium of Light as the Three Lions warmed up for Euro 2016 with a win, however Jedinak played well for the whole 90 minutes and surpassed Aki Riihalhti’s long-standing record of 36 appearances for Finland in the process.

It now means that the Palace captain holds both the club’s international appearance and goalscoring records, as he has netted 10 times in those 34 caps.

The game on Wearside was Jedinak’s 63rd outing for his country but they quickly fell behind thanks to Marcus Rashford’s debut strike just two minutes into the game, before Wayne Rooney emphatically added another in the second half. An Eric Dier own goal gave the Aussies hope, but England saw out the remainder of the game to give them a boost going into the tournament in France next month.

Meanwhile Jedinak was proud of his team’s efforts, saying: “It was an all-round performance by everyone, even the subs that came on made an impact. I’m immensely proud of everyone. 

“It’s got to hurt a little bit because the result wasn’t there but we can take a lot from that. Looking back, it’s a shame the result didn’t follow the performance, but we can take a lot of heart from it. Now we have to move on and use that going forward.”

“We got into some good positions in the first half and they [England’s defence] just seemed to get a toe on everything to take it off our feet. It wasn’t a lack of trying or being in the right position, it just didn’t fall for us in that key moment.”

Jedinak now heads to his homeland for a pair of friendly matches against Greece over the next fortnight, with the first game taking place on Saturday 4th June before taking on the same opposition three days later.

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