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Premier League-bound Crystal Palace star Jedinak eager to captain Australia

Mile Jedinak says he would love to captain the Australian national team if the opportunity were to present itself.

The 28-year old Crystal Palace skipper is preparing for a very vital time in his career with the Eagles set to take on Watford in the Premier League promotion playoff at Wembley on Monday followed by a trio of World Cup qualifiers with the Socceroos in June.

Jedinak, who has now played for his country on 38 occasions, said he is excited about what's coming up whilst making his aspirations within the Australian setup vehemently clear.

"Any player would be lying if they said they didn't want to lead their country and I am no different," said Jedinak.

"It would be absolutely massive for me to one day be handed that responsibility but Lucas Neill has done, and continues to do, a great job in that role and our jobs as players is to support him and all do our bit for the team.

"It's been a great season for me at Palace and I try and lead by example on the field - and the other boys see that and respond to it."

But Jedinak said his main focus was on getting South London club Palace into England's top flight.

"Now I am just focused solely on Monday - and will try and keep the qualifiers out of my mind until after that game," he added.

"It's vital that we try and treat it like a normal Championship game because the team that goes in the calmest and most composed and doesn't get overawed by the hugeness of the occasion is the most likely to get the result. We can't let the atmosphere or what's at stake get to us."

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Andrew Slevison
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