Jedinak 'itching' to return to action

Socceroo skipper Mile Jedinak says he is raring to get back on the park and face world champions Germany after playing just one match since the Asian Cup final.

Jedinak has been out with injury and was then banned for four games at the start of March after elbowing West Ham striker Diafra Sakho in a Premier League fixture.

The Crystal Palace midfielder will lead the Aussies against Germany in Kaiserslautern.

“To say that I’m itching to play a game is a little bit of an understatement,” Jedinak admitted.

“Look the focus is not on me, it’s on us as a group and trying to make sure we put in the sort of team effort and team display that shows that we are going in the right direction. I have no doubt that the boys, they won’t disappoint.”

Jedinak said it is a show of respect to the Socceroos that they have secured this fixture against the 2014 World Cup winners on their home turf.

“It’s a great game to be involved in,” he said.

“We all know it’s going to be a mammoth task but it’s a good measuring stick to see where we’re at. We’ve got to produce. We have to be up for the game and I’ve got no doubt we will be.

“I think for everyone, if you can’t get expect about this then I don’t think you should be involved in football.”

Jedinak was involved in the last time the Socceroos played Germany, when Australia claimed a 2-1 victory on German soil, and came on in the 74th minute in the 4-0 loss at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Now one of the elder statesmen in the national team, Jedinak believes the squad is improving.

“It’s going to be a tough, tough test and we’re going to have to be right at it,” he said.

“It’s been great to see how a younger core group of players has been able to mature. It’s taken us to another level. But by no means are we the end product.”