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Jedinak To Face England

11 May 2016

Crystal Palace captain Mile Jedinak has been called up to Australia's squad for their friendly with England on 27th May.

The Socceroos skipper will face off against Roy Hodgson's Three Lions at Sunderland's Stadium of Light as they prepare for Euro 2016 next month, with Australia then taking on Greece twice in Sydney and Melbourne in June.

Should he play in the game then Jedinak will become Palace's all-time leading cap winner, as it will be his 37th appearance for his country since arriving in SE25 in July 2011, surpassing Aki Riihilahti's previous record haul of 36.

As this match falls outside FIFA's international calendar, Aussie boss Ange Postecoglou will name another squad next week for the Greece friendlies which can include players who are currently playing in Asia, unlike this squad.

On the England game, he said: “As an Australian, it is always a special event when we face England in any sport, probably more so with football. England are obviously a quality team and will be good challenge for us especially away from home.

“I think it is constantly important that we test ourselves against the best and always against different types of opposition.

“Having come off the back of the first stage of qualifying against Asian opposition, it will be good to face up to something different and see how we are tracking with our progression.

“Ultimately we want to qualify for a World Cup, but we also want to know our game style and game plan will stand up against the very best.”

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