Young Socceroos squad named for AFC U-19 Championship

The Young Socceroos squad has been named for the AFC U-19 Championship.
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The Young Socceroos squad has been announced for the AFC U-19 Championship 2016 in Bahrain from 13-30 October.

Fresh from winning the AFF U19 Championship in Hanoi last week, Young Socceroos Head Coach Ufuk Talay has named 24 players who will travel to Bahrain with one to be omitted from the official 23-player squad for the tournament.

The squad comprises a mix of Hyundai A-League contracted and overseas based players, with six overseas players added to the squad that claimed the AFF U19 Championship.

The only significant absentee from the AFF U19 Championship squad is Kye Rowles who is out with a hamstring injury.

Talay is confident his team can take its impressive momentum from the AFF U19 Championship into the AFC U-19 Championship, which doubles as the qualifiers for next year’s FIFA U-20 World Cup.

“It was great to win the AFF tournament and we’ll have a week in Dubai before we get to Bahrain which will be good to integrate the overseas players into the way we want to play,” Talay said.

“The AFF Championship was a great experience and opportunity to get games under our belt, so it’s going to be a tough challenge in Bahrain but we know where we need to get to and we’ll work hard to get there.”

“At these tournaments you have to rely on all 23 players. We’ve got a lot of depth in positions and a lot of talent on the pitch so that’s an advantage and a lot of these players have also spent time in the national setup so they know they way we want to play.”

The Young Socceroos are in Group D alongside Uzbekistan, China PR and Tajikistan for the AFC U-19 Championship Bahrain 2016.

The top two from each group progress to the Quarter Finals, with the four teams that reach the Semi Finals qualifying for the FIFA U-20 World Cup. 

Young Socceroos squad – AFC U-19 Championship Bahrain 2016

Player

DOB

Club

Keanu BACCUS

7/06/98

Western Sydney Wanderers FC

Jackson BANDIERA

16/04/98

Western Sydney Wanderers FC

George BLACKWOOD

6/04/97

Sydney FC

Jake BRIMMER

3/04/98

Liverpool FC, England

Joseph CHAMPNESS

27/04/97

Brisbane Roar FC

Thomas DENG

20/03/97

PSV Eindhoven, Netherlands

Patrick FLOTTMANN

19/04/97

Sydney FC

Thomas GLOVER (gk)

24/12/97

Tottenham Hotspur, England

Jordan HOLMES (gk)

8/05/97

AFC Bournemouth, England

Joshua HOPE

7/01/11

Melbourne Victory

Anthony KALIK

5/11/97

Hajduk Split, Croatia

Steve KUZMANOVSKI

4/01/97

Melbourne City FC

Tariq MAIA

11/06/97

Western Sydney Wanderers FC

Daniel MARGUSH (gk)

28/11/97

Adelaide United

George MELLS

23/05/97

Adelaide United

William MUTCH

27/02/98

Sydney FC

Connor O’TOOLE

4/07/97

Brisbane Roar FC

Reno PISCOPO

27/05/98

Inter Milan, Italy

Jayden PRASAD

5/02/97

Brisbane Roar FC

Liam ROSE

7/04/97

Central Coast Mariners

Lachlan SCOTT

15/04/97

Western Sydney Wanderers FC

Mario SHABOW

5/05/98

Western Sydney Wanderers FC

George TIMOTHEOU

29/07/97

Sydney FC

Liam YOULLEY

20/02/97

Western Sydney Wanderers FC

*One to be omitted

Match Schedule

Group D

China P.R. v Australia

Bahrain National Stadium, Manama

15 October 2016 (Kick-Off 7.30pm local, 12.30am Saturday 16 October AEDT)

Australia v Uzbekistan

Khalifa Sports City Stadium, Manama

18 October 2016 (Kick-Off 7.30pm local, 3.30am Wednesday 19 October AEDT)

Australia v Tajikistan

Bahrain National Stadium, Manama

21 October 2016 (Kick-Off 7.30pm local, 3.30am Saturday October AEDT)

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