Mark Milligan says it will be a
Mark Milligan says it will be a "huge honour" to captain the Socceroos. Picture: Toby Zerna

Milligan named new Socceroos skipper

VETERANdefender Mark Milligan will lead the Socceroos in next year's Asian Cup after being named as the national team's new captain.

The 33-year-old was announced as the replacement for retired midfielder Mile Jedinak by coach Graham Arnold on Saturday.

Milligan will lead the team in Saturday's friendly against South Korea in Brisbane as well as Tuesday's clash with Lebanon in Sydney.

Mark Milligan has proved durable and reliable for the Socceroos. Picture: Albert Perez
Mark Milligan has proved durable and reliable for the Socceroos. Picture: Albert Perez

Milligan will also be captain when Australia defend their title at the Asian Cup, which starts in January in the United Arab Emirates.

"We have had many great leaders over the years who I both played alongside and admired as I grew up watching the national team. It is a huge honour to be joining them," Milligan said.

"We have a great challenge ahead of us at the AFC Asian Cup but we will travel to the UAE in the knowledge that we are well prepared.

"We have some exciting new players in the squad as well as some players who have been around the national team for a long time, which provides a good balance."

Milligan recently represented the Socceroos at the 2018 World Cup.
Milligan recently represented the Socceroos at the 2018 World Cup.

Arnold had been weighing up several options for the captaincy after Jedinak's retirement after this year's World Cup.

Milligan led the team in last month's friendly against Kuwait but defender Trent Sainsbury, goalkeeper Mathew Ryan and wingers Mathew Leckie and Robbie Kruse were also thought to be in the mix for the role.

"Mark has been a part of the national team for 12 years now," Arnold said.

"His leadership on and off the park shines through every day."

Milligan is a two-time A-League championship winner after spells with Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory and is currently plying his trade with Scottish Premiership club Hibernian.

News Corp Australia


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