11/17/2018 10:56:57 AM (GMT+3)

Milligan named Australia football team captain

Milligan named Australia football team captain

SYDNEY, Australia: Socceroos head coach Graham Arnold named Mark Milligan as the captain of Australia’s senior men’s national team.

Milligan, who has been capped 72 times for Australia, was the 56th player to wear the captain’s armband when he led the Socceroos against South Korea in Seoul in July 2013. He has since led the side on 11 occasions.

Milligan succeeds Mile Jedinak, who announced his retirement in October this year.

Arnold said the Sydney-born defender is a natural choice as one of the senior leaders in the squad.

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