Australian midfielder Mile Jedinak announced his retirement from international football on 01 October 2018, bringing the curtain down on a 79-cap career which included leading the Socceroos at two World Cups. The Aston Villa player led his country at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and this year’s tournament in Russia has also captained the side to an Asian Cup triumph on home soil in 2015.
The 34-year-old announced his decision in a lengthy Instagram post, three months before Australia launch their continental title defence in the United Arab Emirates. As a young boy growing up, it was my dream to play for Australia and to pull on the famous green and gold shirt to represent my country.
Jedinak, who also played at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, scored 20 goals for his country, a majority of them from the penalty spot, including both of Australia’s tallies in their group stage exit in Russia. Football Federation Australia (FFA) thanked Jedinak for his contribution to the national side and called him a “great role model” for the country’s footballers. Head coach Graham Arnold also paid tribute.