‘One of the all-time great Caltex Socceroos’: Social media reacts to Jedinak’s retirement

After 79 appearances, an historic AFC Asian Cup triumph and a number of crucial goals for the Caltex Socceroos, Mile Jedinak has confirmed his retirement from international football.

Jedinak made the announcement in a moving Instagram post on Monday, with the tributes flowing in on social media to acknowledge his contribution to the national team.

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I can confirm that after much deliberation I have made the decision to retire from playing international football. As a young boy growing up it was my dream to play for Australia and to pull on the famous green and gold shirt to represent my country. To have been given the opportunity to not only fulfil that dream, but to have done it 79 times, and many of which as captain, makes me incredibly proud and thankful. The countless unbelievable moments that I have experienced will stay with me forever, and I can honestly say that looking back I’ve had some of the best times of my life on the pitch playing for the Socceroos. It is an enormous privilege to represent your country and one I did not take lightly. Words will never be able to do justice the feeling of immense pride I felt when representing Australia. I gave everything I had in every single game I played to try and achieve success for our nation. However, after a huge amount of time reflecting and discussing with those closest with me, I feel that it is the right time to move aside in order to focus on my club football and prolonging that journey. Looking back, I feel blessed to be able to leave with memories that will last a lifetime. The feeling of captaining our country to Asian Cup glory in 2015, and to have been able to contribute to achieving success for Australia, will stay with me forever. Additionally being able to captain the team, and score, in two World Cups is something I could only have dreamed about as a boy. There are just too many highlights to mention them all. I would like to thank all of those who helped make it all possible. Thank you to everyone at the FFA, the team management and all of my teammates throughout the years. It’s been an incredible journey alongside you all. Thank you to my family for your unwavering love and support throughout my international career. And finally I have to say a special thank you to the Australian fans for believing in me and supporting me through thick and thin. I’ve tried to do you all proud every time I’ve stepped out on to the pitch. We have an exciting generation of players coming through and I now can’t wait to support the team in the future 🇦🇺

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A number of his Caltex Socceroos teammates were quick to pay tribute to Australia's 'bearded warrior'.

Mat Ryan

 

Tim Cahill

 

Harry Kewell

 

Trent Sainsbury

 

Aaron Mooy

 

Matthew Jurman

 

Nikita Rukavytsya

 

Adam Federici

 

Rhys Williams

 

Brad Smith

 

Dario Vidosic

 

Jason Davidson

Many of the other sentiments from the Australian football community centred around the 34-year-old’s fearless leadership qualities.

Jedinak made a habit throughout his international career of scoring some crucial goals for the Caltex Socceroos, many of them from the penalty spot.

From his goals against France and Denmark at the 2018 FIFA World Cup to his hat-trick against Honduras which booked Australia’s ticket to Russia, Jedinak always delivered.