Six Victorians called up to Young Socceroos training squad in Central Coast

Ante Milicic's squad to be put to the test against A-League opposition

Twenty-four aspiring Australian footballers have convened on the Central Coast for the start of a Young Socceroos training camp in preparation for the 2018 AFC U19 Championship, which will be held in Indonesia.

The Young Socceroos will be put through a week-long camp on the Central Coast, which will include practice matches against Hyundai A-League opposition.

The time that Ante Milicic’s squad spends together north of Sydney will be the first of two Australia-based camps that will be held prior to the AFC U19 Championship later this year. A Young Socceroos selection will also train on the Sunshine Coast in late September/early October.

Milicic’s Young Socceroos squad for this camp includes 21 players currently aligned to Hyundai A-League clubs, and three players – Ben Folami, Jacob Young, and Dylan Ryan – who are contracted to clubs in England. Folami plies his trade with Ipswich Town FC, Young is part of Sunderland AFC’s youth structure, while Ryan is contracted to Willem II Tilburg in the Netherlands.

Milicic said that the group must make the most of their time together in camp as they prepare for their Group C meetings against Korea Republic, Vietnam, and Jordan in West Java.

“The AFC U19 Championship is a crucial competition for the Young Socceroos,” said Milicic. “Not only does it act as the Asian Cup for this age group, it also doubles as the qualification process for the 2019 FIFA U20 World Cup™, which will be held in Poland.”

“Australia last qualified for FIFA U20 World Cup in 2013 when the tournament was held in Turkey, and it is certainly our aim to return to that elite tournament in Europe next year.

“But if we are to achieve that goal we must ensure that we make solid progress in our forthcoming camps in Australia, and arrive in Indonesia committed to the challenge that’s ahead of us,” he said.

The Young Socceroos’ 2018 AFC U19 Championship challenge will commence on Friday, 19 October 2018 against Korea Republic at the Patriot Candrabaga Stadium in Bekasi. Three days later Milicic’s men will return to the same venue to take on Vietnam, before meeting Jordan at the Pakandari Stadium in Cibinong on Thursday, 25 October 2018.

Australia will need to finish first or second in Group C to advance to the Quarter Final stage of the competition. To seal safe passage to Poland, the Young Socceroos must reach the Semi Finals of the 2018 AFC U19 Championship.

Football Federation Victoria would like to congratulate the six Victorians called up to the squad in Central Coast:

    • Joshua CAVALLO
    • James DELIANOV (GK)
    • Connor METCALFE
    • Dylan PIERIAS
    • Nicholas SETTE
    • Thierry (Thiel) IRADUKUNDA

See the full 24-player squad below

Name Club, Country
Nathaniel ATKINSON Melbourne City FC, Australia
Joshua CAVALLO Melbourne City FC, Australia
Mathieu CORDIER Western Sydney Wanderers FC, Australia
James DELIANOV (Gk) Melbourne City FC, Australia
Gengba Tai (Ben) FOLAMI Ipswich Town FC, England
Macklin FREKE (Gk) Brisbane Roar FC, Australia
Thierry (Thiel) IRADUKUNDA Melbourne Victory FC, Australia
Peter KEKERIS Central Coast Mariners FC, Australia
Connor METCALFE Melbourne City FC, Australia
Fabian MONGE Western Sydney Wanderers FC, Australia
Tass MOURDOUKOUTAS Western Sydney Wanderers FC, Australia
Moudi NAJJAR Melbourne City FC, Australia
Ramy NAJJARINE Melbourne City FC, Australia
Dylan PIERIAS Melbourne City FC, Australia
Oliver PUFLETT Western Sydney Wanderers FC, Australia
Aaron REARDON Brisbane Roar FC, Australia
John ROBERTS Western Sydney Wanderers FC, Australia
Dylan RYAN Willem II Tilburg, Netherlands
Walter SCOTT Perth Glory FC, Australia
Nicholas SETTE Melbourne Victory FC, Australia
Apostolos STAMETELOPOULOS Adelaide United FC, Australia
Angus THURGATE Newcastle Jets FC, Australia
Marc TOKICH Western Sydney Wanderers FC, Australia
Jacob YOUNG Sunderland AFC, England

Young Socceroos Match Schedule – 2018 AFC U19 Championship – Group C

Korea Republic v Young Socceroos
Date: Friday, 19 October 2018
Venue: Patriot Candrabaga Stadium, Bekasi, Indonesia
Kick-off: 7pm (local); 10pm (AEDT)

Young Socceroos v Vietnam
Date: Monday, 22 October 2018
Venue: Patriot Candrabaga Stadium, Bekasi, Indonesia
Kick-off: 4pm (local); 7pm (AEDT)

Young Socceroos v Jordan
Date: Thursday, 25 October 2018
Venue: Pakandari Stadium, Cibinong, Indonesia
Kick-off: 7pm (local); 10pm (AEDT)

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