Brad Smith from Liverpool, Mustafa Amini of Borussia Dortmund and Empoli’s Josh Brillante have been named in the Olyroos’ starting XI for Friday night’s opening AFC Under-23 Championship qualifiers clash against Hong Kong in Chinese Taipei.
The starting XI is: Duncan, Geria, Donachie, Irvine, Smith, Brillante, Edwards, Amini, Williams, Pain, Maclaren.
The Olyroos take on Chinese Taipei in two days finishing with Myanmar on March 31.
To progress to the AFC U-23 Championship, the Olyroos need to finish top of Group F in Chinese Taipei or be one of the best five second place teams.
The AFC U-23 Championship, which will be played in Qatar in January 2016, also doubles as the qualification tournament for the 2016 Olympic Games.
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