Australian national team captain Mark Milligan has announced that he will retire from international football on Monday, describing his 14-year-career with the Socceroos as a “privilege”, reports BSS.
Taking part in Australia’s 2006, 2010, 2014 and 2018 World Cup campaigns, the crafty defensive midfielder said captaining the team over the past few years was “an absolute honor and something I will treasure forever”.Now 34 years of age and plying his trade for Southend United in England’s League One, Milligan made 80 appearances for his country and was a member of Australia’s 2015 AFC Asian Cup-winning side.
Featuring in the Chinese Super League for Shanghai Shenhua back 2009, Milligan has also played for club teams in Australia, Japan, Scotland, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
Placing him among the very best players to have worn the green and gold, current Socceroos head coach Graham Arnold was full of praise for Milligan.
“I am so proud of Mark and the career that he has had,” Arnold said.