Arnie’s youth movement may signal end for Mile
SOCCEROOS captain Mile Jedinak will take part in next month's Europe-based training camp but coach Graham Arnold has declined to confirm if he's in his Asian Cup plans.
Jedinak is expected to be named in a 30-strong squad to meet for a seven-day camp in Turkey, the first under Arnold and new assistant Rene Meulensteen.
The stalwart skippered Australia at this year's World Cup and was again a reliable presence in midfield and from the penalty spot.
But at 34, his green-and-gold future appears uncertain as Arnold looks to youth in a new World Cup cycle.
"They're discussions I've got to have with Mile, and we are having," Arnold said.
"I've got one eye obviously on the Asian Cup but I've always been a firm believer of having a long-term vision.
"I've got a lot of belief and confidence we'll do great in the Asian Cup and we go there expecting to win every game.
"We're preparing also to go to the next World Cup preparing to win games. It's a four-year process that can get one step at a time for some of the older boys.
"But Mile and I had a conversation and we both agree he won't be there at the next World Cup. So then it's another conversation ... it's about communication.
"He's been a wonderful leader for us and still is."
It's understood the Socceroos have been keeping close tabs on Jedinak's progress at Aston Villa since boss Steve Bruce shifted him to central defence.
The Socceroos will spend the camp preparing for an away friendly in October, most likely in the Middle East.
They will then host South Korea at Suncorp Stadium on November 17, with a farewell match for Tim Cahill also set to fall during that window.
It comes as rising Socceroos star Daniel Arzani made his Celtic debut with the reserve team.
The 19-year-old former Melbourne City starlet, on loan with the Scottish giants from Manchester City, started on the left wing and played an hour of the 3-0 loss to Hamilton Academical.
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