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Mile Jedinak named Australia's captain for World Cup

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Mile Jedinak has been named Australia's captain after the exclusion of Lucas Neill from the World Cup squad.

TERRIGAL, Australia (AP) - Crystal Palace midfielder Mile Jedinak will lead Australia at the World Cup after getting the nod over Tim Cahill to replace long-term captain Lucas Neill.

Australia coach Ange Postecoglou announced the decision Wednesday, five days ahead of the Socceroos' last friendly on home soil before the squad leaves for Brazil.

The 29-year-old Jedinak played every minute of Palace's 37 matches last season before being replaced due to a groin strain in the last Premier League match.

Jedinak has played 43 times for Australia and was considered a longer-term option than 34-year-old Cahill, the New York Red Bulls star who will be playing at his third World Cup.

Postecoglou told the 36-year-old Neill before unveiling the extended 30-man World Cup squad last week that he wasn't in the Socceroos' future plans.

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