November 17, 2018 / 4:06 AM / a month ago

Soccer-Veteran defender Milligan appointed Australia captain

MELBOURNE, Nov 17 (Reuters) - Australia coach Graham Arnold named Mark Milligan captain of the Socceroos on Saturday, the defender succeeding Mile Jedinak who retired from internationals last month.

Milligan, capped 72 times for Australia, has previously led the side on 11 occasions, and first wore the captain’s armband against South Korea in July, 2013.

“As we embark on a new era we look to leaders like Mark,” Arnold said in a media release.

“Mark has been a part of the national team for 12 years now. The experience gained over that period is invaluable to our squad and his leadership on and off the park shines through every day.” (Reporting by Ian Ransom; Editing by Amlan Chakraborty)

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