Veteran defender Mark Milligan will lead the Socceroos in subsequent yr’s Asian Cup after being named because the nationwide staff’s new captain.
The 33-year-old was confirmed because the alternative for retired midfielder Mile Jedinak by coach Graham Arnold on Saturday.
Milligan will lead the staff in Saturday’s pleasant in opposition to South Korea in Brisbane in addition to Tuesday’s conflict with Lebanon in Sydney.
Milligan can even be captain when Australia defend their Asian Cup title within the United Arab Emirates beginning in January.
“We’ve had many nice leaders over time, who I each performed alongside and admired as I grew up watching the nationwide staff. It’s a big honour to be becoming a member of them,” Milligan stated.
“We’ve an excellent problem forward of us on the AFC Asian Cup however we are going to journey to the UAE within the information that we’re nicely ready.
“We’ve some thrilling new gamers within the squad in addition to some gamers who’ve been across the nationwide staff for a very long time, which gives stability.”
Arnold had been weighing up a number of choices for the captaincy after Jedinak’s retirement after this yr’s World Cup.
Milligan led the staff in final month’s pleasant in opposition to Kuwait however defender Trent Sainsbury, goalkeeper Mathew Ryan and wingers Mathew Leckie and Robbie Kruse have been additionally thought to be within the combine for the function.
“Mark has been part of the nationwide staff for 12 years now,” Arnold stated.
“His management on and off the park shines by day by day.”
Milligan is a two-time A-League championship winner after spells with Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory and is at the moment plying his commerce with Scottish Premiership membership Hibernian.