Australian U23 squad for London qualifiers announced

Official release from Football Australia

Official release from Football Australia

Qantas Australian Under 23s Head Coach Aurelio Vidmar has selected a 19-player squad for the upcoming AFC Asian Qualifiers for the 2012 London Games – Third Round matches against Iraq and Uzbekistan.

Central Coast Mariners goalkeeper Mathew Ryan receives his first call-up to the Qantas Australian Under 23s squad for this campaign so too does team mate Brad McDonald, Gold Coast United defender Dylan McGowan, Sydney FC midfielder Dimitrios Petratos and Perth Glory striker Adam Taggart who was a member of the Qantas Young Socceroos squad that recently successfully qualified for the AFC U-19 Championship 2012.

The Qantas Australian Under 23s will play Iraq in their next AFC Asian Qualifiers for the 2012 London Games match on Tuesday 22 November (Al Arabi Stadium, Doha, Qatar) and then Uzbekistan five days later at Parramatta Stadium in NSW.

The teams in each group of the third round of qualifying play in a home-and-away format from 21 September 2011, to 14 March 14, 2012, with the winner of each group directly qualifying for the London 2012 Olympic Games Football competition.

The three second-placed teams from the third round will clash in a playoff at a centralised venue from March 25 to 29, 2012, and the winners of this group will meet the representatives of CAF (Africa) for a berth in the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Australian U23 squad for Iraq and Uzbekistan qualifiers

Aziz Behich (Melbourne Heart)
Mark Birighitti (gk) (Adelaide United)
Oliver Bozanic (Central Coast Mariners)
James Brown (Gold Coast United)
Kofi Danning (Brisbane Roar)
Mate Dugandzic (Melbourne Heart)
Matthew Foschini (Melbourne Victory)
Rhyan Grant (Sydney FC)
Jason Hoffman (Melbourne Heart)
Marko Jesic (Newcastle Jets)
Matthew Jurman (Brisbane Roar)
Brad McDonald (Central Coast Mariners)
Dylan McGowan (Gold Coast United)
Daniel Mullen (Adelaide United)
Mitch Nichols (Brisbane Roar)
Dimitrios Petratos (Sydney FC)
Seb Ryall (Sydney FC)
Mathew Ryan (gk) (Central Coast Mariners)
Adam Taggart (Perth Glory)

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