No escape from losing streak for Crystal Palace internationals

PUBLISHED: 06:00 15 October 2013

France's Mathieu Valbuena and Mile Jedinak battle for the ball.

France's Mathieu Valbuena and Mile Jedinak battle for the ball.


The poor form at Crystal Palace continued despite the international break at the weekend.

A handful of Eagles players played for their country on Friday and Saturday, but all suffered defeat - including a 6-0 drubbing.

It was midfielder and vice-captain Mile Jedinak’s Australia that were humiliated by six goals at the hands of France on Friday.

The result, which saw Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud bag a brace, was manager Holger Osieck’s last in charge as he was sacked the following day. However, Jedinak and the Socceroos will play at the World Cup in Brazil next year, having qualified back in June.

Elsewhere, Jamaica and Adrian Mariappa tasted defeat at the hands of Jurgen Klinsmann’s USA - ending their hopes of reaching Rio. The defender, who joined Palace in the summer, could do nothing to prevent his national side losing 2-0.

Finally, Damien Delaney completed a trio of international losses for Ian Holloway’s men - as he was part of the Ireland side that suffered a 3-0 defeat in Germany on Friday night.

Sami Khedira, Mesut Ozil and Chelsea’s Andre Schurlle scored the goals, leaving the defender and his team mates fourth in their qualifying group.

All three return to action in the Premier League on Monday, as Crystal Palace take on Fulham at Selhurst Park from 8pm.

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