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Five Australian stars who have lit up the Premier League

The Premier League is a melting pot of nationalities with representatives from over 100 different countries plying their trade each week in England’s top flight.

Australia has provided a number of terrific players since the Premier League formed in 1992 and we’ve picked out five of the best.

5. Mile Jedinak – Crystal Palace

Jedinak went about his business quietly but effectively. The tough tackling 32-year-old played at the highest level with Crystal Palace for four seasons before making the recent switch to second tier club Aston Villa.

He was never going to be the most fashionable of choices but his influence on the side was unquestionable. He scored just six goals during his time in South London and provided only four assists but putting his foot in and protecting the back four was his specialist area and he completed it with aplomb.

4. Mark Viduka – Leeds, Newcastle & Middlesbrough

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While there hasn’t been an overwhelming amount of competition down the years, Mark Viduka holds the record for most UEFA Champions League goals scored by an Australian. He will be remembered fondly by Leeds fans for almost single-handedly clinching that spot in the prestigious competition.

Viduka also played for Newcastle and Middlesbrough in his time in England and was always a popular figure. He was revered on Teesside, so much so that singer-songwriter Alastair Griffin penned a charity single eulogising about the striker!

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3. Mark Schwarzer – Middlesbrough, Fulham, Chelsea and Leicester

Very few goalkeepers can claim to have kept over 150 Premier League clean sheets but Mark Schwarzer’s name does feature on that minuscule list. His achievements don’t stop there, as he won successive Premier League titles without playing a single minute domestically.

His former side Chelsea are 1/250 with the latest odds from bet365 to wrap up the Premier League title.

Schwarzer was always a safe pair of hands and a steady influence on every side he has played for. He is also fondly remembered for his time at Middlesbrough where his penalty save was enough to send the Teessiders into the UEFA Cup ahead of Manchester City.

Since announcing his retirement, Schwarzer is regularly used as a pundit by the BBC.

2. Harry Kewell – Liverpool, Leeds

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Kewell will be remembered as an exciting, bums-off-the-seats kind of player who enjoyed 13 years competing in the top flight. Kewell was predominantly a left winger but was flexible enough to deputise up front during striker-shortages. He was prolific at Leeds United, scoring 45 times, where he played alongside fellow Australian Mark Viduka in one of the most exciting young sides of the 1990s.

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1. Tim Cahill – Everton

Tim Cahill will always be regarded as an Everton ‘legend’: always an unpredictable exciting player who scored his fair share of wonder goals and was regularly in the referee’s notebook!

After signing from Millwall, he netted 56 times in 226 for Everton, with many Toffees fans wishing they have a player with similar dynamism in their current side.

Cahill was regularly seen executing his corner flag punching goal celebration on a regular basis in the Premier League.

Honourable mentions to Mark Bosnich, the ever consistent Stan Lazaridis and Lucas Neill. Australia may not have such an abundance of players in the English top flight at this moment in time, but the legacy and impact of these five will be fondly remembered by Premier League fans past and present.

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