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Jedinak Set To Face England

26 May 2016

Despite missing training earlier in the week, Mile Jedinak is likely to play against England for Australia on Friday night - and break a Crystal Palace record in the process.

The Socceroos skipper is expected to lead his national side out at Sunderland's Stadium of Light in a friendly, which would be the 37th time he has represented his country since signing for the Eagles in the summer of 2011.

He would therefore surpass Aki Riihilahti's previous best of 36 and become the Palace's outright leading international cap holder, to go alongside the fact that he has also scored more international goals than anyone else in the Eagles' 100 year history with 10, and is the only man to have scored in a World Cup finals during his time in SE25.

After participating in the FA Cup final last Saturday for his club, Jedinak was afforded an extra day's rest by coach Ange Postecoglou on Tuesday, but he was back amongst the thick of the action 24 hours later as he gears up for his first appearance against the Three Lions.

Speaking in his programme notes this month, the Eagles captain said: "I managed to tie the Palace international cap record which is a great honour, and now I might get the chance to break it against England. That’s something to get excited about and if I’m going to break the record, it’ll be nice to do it in the country where I ply my trade.

"It probably works out well for me that we’ve had an extra week extra added onto our season because of the FA Cup final. I’ll be with the group for just over two weeks and then I’ll finally get a little bit of downtime after a long season."

Following the game on Wearside, Jedinak flies off to his homeland to play two friendly matches against Greece in Sydney and Melbourne.

Meanwhile England manager Roy Hodgson revealed that Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford will make his international debut in the absence of Jamie Vardy, but said he won’t tinker with the side too much so close to Euro 2016.

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