Young Socceroos selected for Sydney training camp

Qantas Young Socceroos Head Coach Jan Versleijen has selected an 18-player squad for a training camp to be held in Sydney this week (6-8 September).

Qantas Young Socceroos Head Coach Jan Versleijen has selected an 18-player squad for a training camp to be held in Sydney this week (6-8 September).

Versleijen will be using the three-day camp as the final stage of the selection process before naming his squad for the AFC U-19 Championships which will be played in China next month. During the training camp, the Qantas Young Socceroos will also play a friendly match on Tuesday (7 September) against a Sydney FC select team comprising of Hyundai A-League and National Youth League players at Macquarie University.

Versleijen is looking forward to have the opportunity to work with the players before selecting his final squad.

“This is the last time we can work together before the AFC Championships,” said Versleijen.

“For me, it will be a good opportunity to see how the players are performing after 5 weeks of the Hyundai A-League competition.

“Our match against the Sydney FC team on Tuesday night will be a great way to compare the players.

“When it comes to selecting the final squad will be selecting the best possible players available for the tournament which will also include players that are based overseas.

“For some players this camp is the last chance to prove that they deserve to be in the final squad that goes to the tournament,” concluded Versleijen.

The AFC U-19 Championship 2010 Finals will be held in the host city of Zibo, China, from 3-17 October, 2010, at the Zibo Sports Complex Stadium and Linzi Stadium. The top four (4) teams from the AFC U-19 Championship will qualify for the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup which will be held in Colombia.

The Qantas Young Socceroos have been drawn in Group D of the competition along with Yemen, Korea Republic and IR Iran.

The Qantas Young Socceroos will play their opening match of the tournament against Yemen on Monday 4 October, followed by IR Iran on Wednesday 6 October with their final group match against the Korea Republic on Friday 8 October. The quarter finals will be played on Monday 11 October, semi-finals on Thursday 14 October, with the Final to be played on Sunday 17 October.

Qantas Young Socceroos Squad Training Camp, Sydney
6 – 8 September 2010

Matthew Acton (Brisbane Roar)
Mustafa Amini (Central Coast Mariners)
Terry Antonis (Sydney FC)
Eli Babalj (Melbourne Heart)
Mark Birighitti (Adelaide United)
Daniel Bowles (Brisbane Roar)
Kofi Danning (Sydney FC)
Ryan Edwards (AIS)
Sam Gallagher (Central Coast Mariners)
Rhyan Grant (Sydney FC)
Ben Halloran (Gold Coast United)
Brendan Hamill (Melbourne Heart)
Ben Kantarovski (Newcastle Jets)
Mathew Leckie (Adelaide United)
Steven Lustica (Gold Coast United)
Nikola Stanojevic (Central Coast Mariners)
Kliment Taseski (Melbourne Heart)
Marc Warren (Central Coast Mariners)

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