Australian PM gets Socceroos skipper wrong

Last updated 09:25 14/06/2014
Tony Abbott/Youtube

Tony Abbott wishes the Australian football team luck - or so he thinks. Turns out the captain's not called Mike.

Mile Jedinak
WHAT'S YA NAME? Socceroos captain Mile Jedinak.

Relevant offers


Vince Lia wants the Wellington Phoenix to play fearless football against Sydney FC Messi scores first goals after injury as Barca crushes Roma FFA didn't leak 'shame file' on banned fans, says chief executive David Gallop Zenit St Petersburg clinch Champions League Group H top spot Chelsea beats Maccabi Tel Aviv in Champions League WaiBop United set to opt out of national league if Hamilton Wanderers' bid is successful Benitez confident in Ronaldo and Real players' trust Canterbury United could be without crucial trio for Auckland City clash Bayern beats Olympiakos to top Group F in Champs League Dynamo Kiev upsets FC Porto in Champions League

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has been accused of being many things, but a Socceroos fan is not one of them.

Draped in a Socceroos scarf, Abbott has called skipper Mile Jedinak "Mike" as he wished Australia well in a YouTube message just hours before they take the field in their opening World Cup clash against Chile in Cuiaba, Brazil today.

He did however, manage to get coach Ange Postecoglou's name right.

"Ange, Mike and the Socceroos, in this World Cup you have the opportunity to make the world game our national game," Abbott said.

"Throughout this cup we'll burn the midnight oil as you take the field in our name.

"We stand with you as you wear our colours into the world's greatest team sporting event.

"We're behind you, we're willing you on to victory and we know you'll seize the moment."

While striker Tim Cahill would be the most high profile Socceroo in the current squad, Jedinak, as the captain of English Premier League side Crystal Palace, is far from unknown.

This is just the latest in a long line of gaffes for Abbott, who just this week embarrassingly called Canada "Canadia".

Ad Feedback



Special offers
Opinion poll

Will Burnley retain their EPL status?

Yes, they've found a winning formula

Maybe, but there’s a long way to go

No. They lack quality in certain areas

Vote Result

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content