Socceroos' Jedi skipper

Crystal Palace skipper Mile Jedinak has been given the captain’s armband for the Socceroos friendly against Ecuador.

Jedinak will skipper the side in the absence of long-time captain Lucas Neill, who was not selected after he struggled to find a new club until he signed for Championship side Watford at the 11th hour..

Socceroo coach Ange Postecoglou hailed the leadership of the English Premier League midfielder.

“It’s a reward for him,” he said. “He’s an outstanding candidate.”

Jedinak, who joined Palace in 2011 after stints in Turkey and in the A-League, has been in outstanding form in the Premier League this season as his club battles to avoid relegation.

He said captaining your country was “...the biggest honour you can have as a footballer”.

The 29-year old started off his career as a junior with Sydney United and made his name marshalling the Central Coast Mariners midfield before a move to Europe in 2009.

Jedinak will become the 55th captain of the Socceroos at the Den tomorrow.

Tim Cahill said selecting Jedinak for the captaincy was the right choice.

“Purely because he’s a great leader, a great footballer,” he said. “It’s the most sensible choice. I’m happy for Mile.”