Australian U17 boys Head Coach Trevor Morgan has named a 23-player squad for an upcoming three-game tour of the United Kingdom as preparations for the U17 World Cup begin to crescendo.
Australia’s U17s – the Joeys – most recently completed two training camps in Canberra as part of their preparations for this October and November’s World Cup; the age cohort that will be competing in Brazil not to be confused with the Joeys side that recently competed at the 2019 AFF U15 Championships.
Morgan’s side has been drawn alongside Ecuador, Hungary and youth powerhouses Nigeria at the coming U17 World Championships; the first game set to take place against the South Americans at the Estadio Olimpico in Goiania on 26 October.
Ahead of that junior showcase, however, the side will head to the land of football’s birth in early September for a five-day training camp and games against England, South Korea and Brazil.
The Joeys will meet England – who are defending U17 World Champions but failed to qualify for the 2019 tournament – at De Montfort Park on 6 September, South Korea – who defeated Australia during the AFC U16 Championships – at St. George’s Park on 8 September and Brazil at St. George’s Park on 10 September.
17 of the players selected by Morgan for the coming tour ply their trade in the A-League – Sydney FC and Melbourne City leading the pack with four selections each – whilst Sydney United’s Nicholas Bilokapic and Michael Ruhs represent the NPL system.
Diego Alonso (Albacete Balompie, Spain), Tristan Hammond (Sporting Lisbon, Portugal), Caleb Watts (Southampton FC, England) and Noah Botic (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, Germany) make up the squad’s foreign contingent.
Joeys spearhead Botic, who was recently playing with Rockdale City Suns in NPL NSW and has previously trialled in Croatia, only recently completed his move to the Bundesliga club.
“I am delighted that we have the opportunity to travel to England to play three important fixtures ahead of this year’s U-17 World Cup,” said Morgan.
“We will commence the camp with five days of training at St George’s Park before shifting into match mode for our fixtures against England, Korea Republic, and Brazil.”
“The time together and our games will provide all the players involved with another chance to impress ahead of the final selection for the squad for Brazil, and as a unit we will be seeking to advance our principles of play and perform at a high standard against strong opponents not dissimilar to those we will face at the World Cup.”
“We appreciate the invite from the Football Association to travel to England and also recognise the work that has been done behind the scenes by many people at FFA to bring this development opportunity to life for the group.”
Australia U-17 Men’s National Team (‘Joeys’) 23-Player Squad | England Tour – September 2019
|Idrus ABDULAHI||Melbourne City FC, Australia|
|Diego ALONSO||Albacete Balompie, Spain|
|Ali AUGLAH||Western Sydney Wanderers FC, Australia|
|Nicholas BILOKAPIC (Gk)||Sydney United 58, Australia|
|Noah BOTIC||TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, Germany|
|Jordan COURTNEY-PERKINS||Brisbane Roar FC, Australia|
|Yaya DUKULY||Melbourne City FC, Australia|
|Luke DUZEL||Melbourne City FC, Australia|
|Tristan HAMMOND||Sporting Lisbon, Portugal|
|Oliver KALAC (Gk)||Western Sydney Wanderers FC, Australia|
|Birkan KIRDAR||Melbourne Victory, Australia|
|Luis LAWRIE-LATTANZIO||Adelaide United, Australia|
|Anton MILINARIC||Sydney FC, Australia|
|Trent OSTLER||Perth Glory FC, Australia|
|Cameron PEUPION||Sydney FC, Australia|
|Izaack POWELL||Brisbane Roar FC, Australia|
|Joshua RAWLINS||Perth Glory FC, Australia|
|Michael RUHS||Sydney United 58, Australia|
|Ahmad TALEB (Gk)||Melbourne City FC, Australia|
|Ryan TEAGUE||Sydney FC, Australia|
|Jayden TRENKOSKI||Sydney FC, Australia|
|Daniel WALSH||Perth Glory FC, Australia|
|Caleb WATTS||Southampton FC, England|