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Wright skippers Preston in milestone match

Bailey Wright made his 100th appearances for English club Preston North End earlier this week.

The 21-year old Australian defender played a full 90 minutes as the Lilywhites drew 0-0 with Sheffield United at Deepdale to mark his milestone outing since becoming part of the club's senior ranks in 2010.

Wright wore the captain's armband for the match and revelled in the achievement after seeing Preston extend their unbeaten run to nine matches.

"It was a massive honour to be able to captain the side on my 100th appearance for Preston," Wright told ay.fourfourtwo.com.

"It would have been nice to win as well but still a special night for myself."

The Melbourne native is targeting automatic promotion from League One with PNE, who sit eight points behind league leaders Wolves, but he is also striving to force his way into Australia's World Cup for Brazil 2014.

Wright will use the remainder of the domestic English season to put his case forward to Socceroos boss Ange Postecoglou in a bid to return to the national team setup after being a part of the U17 side in 2009.

"It would be a massive honour to be part of the national squad," he added.

"It's been a while since I last got the chance at youth level and, to be to able to do it at full international level, would be a dream come true.

"To be part of the squad for Brazil is something I use as a big motivation, it would be an experience and achievement like no other."

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