Mile Jedinak insists the Socceroos are "strong enough and professional enough" to get on with the job following the sacking of coach Holger Osieck.

Socceroos to prove themselves: Jedinak

October 13, 2013
By Julian Drape

Australia's only regular starter in the English Premier League says every player in the Socceroos squad will have to prove themselves anew following the dramatic sacking of coach Holger Osieck.

Crystal Palace midfielder Mile Jedinak argues everyone will need to stake their claim with a new national coach just eight months out from the World Cup.

"As a player you need to look at it that way," the 29-year-old told reporters in London.

"You need to be hungry all the time to prove yourself.

"I don't think you should ever be one to rest on your laurels or reputation.

"You should always try and put your best foot forward and I think that's what's going to be needed particularly on Tuesday but also in the lead-up to the World Cup when the change does happen."

Caretaker coach Aurelio Vidmar will lead the Socceroos against Canada at Craven Cottage on Tuesday night London time (0600 AEDT Wednesday).

He's refused to say if he is keen to apply for the job on a permanent basis.

Dutchman Guus Hiddink is the frontrunner to replace Osieck.

Other foreign candidates include former Chile and Argentina coach Marcelo Bielsa and ex-Chelsea manager Robert Di Matteo.

Australians Ange Postecoglou and Graham Arnold are also in the frame.

Whoever takes over the reins will have just three international matches to prepare the squad ahead of the mid-2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Two in November will likely be played in Australia with a March fixture expected in Europe.

Jedinak insists the next coach will have enough time to shape the team.

"It's eight months still," he said.

"Obviously we know there's a lot of work to be done but I know from experience with this group that when it comes to work we get on with it."

The former Central Coast Mariners player said the Socceroos squad was told of Osieck's sacking at the team hotel after Friday's 6-0 loss to France in Paris.

The outgoing coach made a speech and everyone was "taken aback by it all", he said.

"It's never a pleasant situation but it's one we as a group have to come to accept sooner rather than later.

"We as a group are strong enough and professional enough to try and get on with the job."

The loss to France followed a similar 6-0 drubbing by Brazil.

Jedinak says while it is never nice to suffer heavy losses it is important for Australia to test itself against the best.

"We've come short of that and people at home and experts probably thought we'd be better and we know we haven't performed well enough in the last two games," he said.

"There's no better time than Tuesday to try and put that right."

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