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Crystal Palace's Jedinak: Fresh faces have helped improve Australian team

Mile Jedinak feels the inclusion of new faces in the Australian national team has helped improve the quality of performance.

Socceroos boss Holger Osieck has used a number of less experienced international players in their recent World Cup qualifiers with the likes of Rhys Williams, Matthew Spiranovic, Michael Zullo, Alex Brosque, Robbie Kruse and Adam Federici getting game time and Crystal Palace midfielder Jedinak believes it has improved the group as a whole.

"The fresh faces that have come in have been great for the team," Jedinak told FIFA.com.

"Holger has done well in giving the younger players game time at the right time. It has made for a positive outlook within the squad. A few of the older guys have maybe gone up an extra gear [as a result]."

Ahead of 2014 qualifiers against Oman and Thailand on Friday and Tuesday respectively, Jedinak feels the Australian team is in a very strong position and have a great amount of belief and confidence at present.

"I think we have a great belief in ourselves," he added. "We are not the biggest names in the world and we know that, but we know what we can do as a team.

"If we play to our strengths we will have a go at anyone. I just think it's a great mentality that we have in the national team. We never say die and we back ourselves."

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