SYDNEY, March 5 (Xinhua) -- Midfielder Mile Jedinak will captain the Socceroos, Australia's national football team, in the international friendly against Ecuador in London on Wednesday night (Thursday morning, Australian Eastern Daylight Time), local media reported.
Socceroos head coach made the announcement at a media conference early on Wednesday morning (Australian Eastern Daylight Time), describing the appointment as a reward for Jedinak's great performance in the English Premier League, local media reports said.
Jedinak, 29, told reporters that he was honored to be given the opportunity to lead the national team against the world' s No. 24 ranked side.
"It's probably the hugest, biggest honor you could have as a footballer, captaining your country," he said.
"It's going to be a massive honor and something I definitely won't take lightly.
"It is something I'm really looking forward to."
Postecoglou says Jedinak is a worthy candidate to lead Australia and a key player heading into the World Cup as he is one of only a few Socceroos playing regularly at the highest level overseas.