Australian U17 squad for England tournament announced

Qantas Joeys Head Coach Jan Versleijen has selected a 20-player squad to face England, Portugal and Turkey at the FA Men's U17 International Tournament which will be held in Lincolnshire, England from

Qantas Joeys Head Coach Jan Versleijen has selected a 20-player squad to face England, Portugal and Turkey at the FA Men's U17 International Tournament which will be held in Lincolnshire, England from 25-29 August 2010.

Versleijen will be using this tournament to prepare his players for the AFC U-16 Championship 2010 which will be played in Tashkent, Uzbekistan from 24 October - 7 November 2010.

“It is a fantastic opportunity to face strong quality opposition such as the England, Portugal and Turkey youth national teams as we enter the final stages of our preparation for the AFC Championships,” said Versleijen.

“We will also be playing two training matches against the Fulham FC and Tottenham Hotspur Academy teams prior to the tournament.

“With the bulk of the Qantas Joeys squad composed from current Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) scholarship players, I am very confident that we will perform well and the experience we gain from this tournament will be of great benefit to the boys,” concluded Versleijen.

The Qantas Joeys will depart Australia tomorrow for a week-long training camp before facing Portugal in the opening match of the tournament on Wednesday 25 August, followed by England on Friday 27 August and finally Turkey on Sunday 29 August.

The Qantas Joeys have been drawn in Group C of the AFC U-16 Championships alongside Japan, Timor Leste and Vietnam.

Qantas Joeys squad

Kwabena Boahene (AIS)
Corey Brown (AIS)
Alex Cerruto (AIS)
Connor Chapman (AIS)
Samuel Chapple (NSWIS/Sutherland Sharks)
Daniel Chaabani (FFV)
Milos Degenek (AIS)
Hernan Espindola (AIS)
Giancarlo Gallifuoco (AIS)
Paul Izzo (AIS)
Jesse Makarounas (AIS)
Jacob Melling (SASI)
Jake Monaco (AIS)
Hayden Morton (NSWIS/Sutherland Sharks)
Sahr Musa (Football West/Perth FC)
Brodie Paterson (AIS)
Yianni Perkatis (AIS)
Anthony Proia (AIS)
Luke Remington (NNSWIS/Macquarie)
Lachlan Tribbles (AIS)