Arnold makes Milligan Australia captain

  • Milligan honoured to lead the national side
  • He succeeds Mile Jedinak as the skipper of the Socceroos

Head Coach Graham Arnold today named Mark Milligan as the captain of Australia’s senior men’s national football 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 Korea Republic in Seoul in July 2013. He has since led the side on 11 occasions.

Milligan succeeds Mile Jedinak who announced his retirement from international football in October this year.

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

“I have known Mark for a long time. I worked with him when he was the youngest member of our 2006 FIFA World Cup squad, and he has grown as a player and person over the years,” he said.

Football Federation Australia CEO, David Gallop, congratulated Milligan and said he joins an illustrious group of Australian players to carry the honour.

“Only 59 players in the 96-year history of the Socceroos have had the privilege to lead our national team,” Gallop said.

“To be selected in four consecutive FIFA World Cup squads is an incredible achievement. It provides invaluable experience and knowledge which Mark will be able to share with the new generation of Socceroos.”

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