Paul Okon has named his 23 man squad for the Young Socceroos tour of New Zealand to take on New Zealand, Qatar, Panama and Ghana on Wednesday. Due to the A-League finals coming up the squad is fairly mixed, with any players that are starters for A-League finalists left out.
Australia did not qualify for the 2015 Under 20 World Cup, which will be held in New Zealand, and as a result, the squad named prepares for the 2016 Under 19 Asian Championship. As a result, the opponents, who are preparing for the World Cup, will be fielding an Under 20 squad, while Australia’s is more of an Under 18 squad.
The matches may be difficult for the Young Socceroos as they will be playing against players who are older than them. It will also not be the best side from Australia, as they will leave a number of their best players at home so they don’t disrupt the A-League finals.
The bottom of the league Western Sydney Wanderers have highest representation in the squad with six players. Central Coast Mariners contribute two senior squad regulars as they will be out of the A-League finals.
Following Perth Glory’s expulsion from the A-League finals, the Young Socceroos were able to call up Daniel De Silva and Riley Woodcock. Six players come from A-League clubs that will be in the A-League finals, but play for their youth sides.
Two of the remaining players are in the FFA Center of Excellence system and will join from their respective states. Two players join from English clubs, while the final two players are playing in the National Premier Leagues: NSW.
Young Socceroos Squad – International Friendly Series (Courtesy Football Federation Australia)
Name Club, Country
Daniel ALESSI Western Sydney Wanderers FC, Australia
Daniel ARZANI FFA Centre of Excellence, Australia
George BLACKWOOD Sydney FC, Australia
Jesse DALEY Brisbane Roar FC, Australia
Shayne D’CUNHA Western Sydney Wanderers FC, Australia
Daniel DE SILVA Perth Glory, Australia
Thomas DENG Melbourne Victory, Australia
Lucas DERRICK Melbourne Victory, Australia
Alusine FOFANAH Western Sydney Wanderers FC, Australia
Perry FOTAKOPOULOS FFA Centre of Excellence, Australia
Tom GLOVER (gk) Tottenham Hotspur, England
Thomas HEWARD-BELLE (gk) Western Sydney Wanderers FC, Australia
Jordan HOLMES (gk) AFC Bournemouth, England
Lachlan HUGHES Sutherland Sharks, Australia
Anthony KALIK Central Coast Mariners, Australia
Steve KUZMANOVSKI Western Sydney Wanderers FC, Australia
Jordan LAMPARD Brisbane Roar FC, , Australia
Charles LOKOLI NGOY Sutherland Sharks, Australia
Benjamin LYVIDIKOS Brisbane Roar FC, , Australia
Liam McGING Sydney United 58, Australia
Liam ROSE Central Coast Mariners, Australia
Riley WOODCOCK Perth Glory, Australia
Liam YOULLEY Western Sydney Wanderers FC, Australia