Football Australia announce changes to Australia U23 squad in Spain

Football Australia today announced changes to its Australia U23 men’s national team selection for forthcoming international friendlies to be held in Marbella, Spain.

Unfortunately, European-based attackers Deni Juric and Jacob Italiano have both been ruled out of the squad due to injury. The duo have been replaced by Rangers FC midfielder Murray Miller, and Marlee Francois from Bristol City FC. Marlee Francois is the younger brother of fellow squad member Tyrese Francois, who recently made his Premier League debut for Fulham FC.

Additionally, Perth Glory FC marksman Nicholas D’Agostino will link up with the squad in Spain over the coming days. D’Agostino scored three goals for Australia at the AFC U23 Championship in Thailand in January 2020, including the goal that ultimately sealed Australia’s ticket to Tokyo against Uzbekistan, and has been granted the blessing of his A-League club, Perth Glory, to travel to Europe to pursue his Olympic dream. 

Australia’s U23 selection in Spain is being mentored by Seoul 1988 Olympian and current Young Socceroos Head Coach, Gary van Egmond, as well as National Technical Director and Joeys Head Coach, Trevor Morgan.

Over the next 12 days van Egmond and Morgan will have the opportunity to assess the squad in training and matches against a diverse set of opponents and provide recommendations to Olyroos Head Coach, Graham Arnold, who is with the Socceroos in the Middle East, ahead of Australia’s final squad selection for Tokyo 2020.

While in Marbella Australia’s selection will play four friendlies, three of which will be contested against nations that have also qualified for the men’s football tournament at Tokyo 2020. 

Tomorrow evening (AEST) Australia will play Republic of Ireland’s U21 men’s national team, ahead of international friendlies against fellow Tokyo 2020 qualified nations Saudi Arabia (Group D) on June 5, Romania (Group B) on June 8, and Mexico (Group A) on June 12 local time.

All four matches will be available via live stream on the official Socceroos website and the My Football YouTube channel.

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The Olyroos’ final squad selection for Tokyo 2020 is due to be announced in late June, before the squad assembles in Japan for a training camp in early July.

Australia will return to the men’s football tournament at the Olympic Games for the first time since Beijing 2008 this year. Tokyo 2020 also marks the first time that Australia will be represented in both men’s and women’s football since Athens 2004. 

Australia U23 Selection | May-June 2021 FIFA Window | Marbella, Spain 


Club, Country


SV Zulte Waregem, Belgium


AGF Aarhus, Denmark

Jacob CHAPMAN (Gk)

Huddersfield Town AFC, England

Gabriel CLEUR

Virtus Entella, Italy


Perth Glory FC, Australia


Bristol City, England


Fulham FC, England


HNK Sibenik, Croatia

Jordan HOLMES (Gk)

Ebbsfleet United, England


SC Paderborn 07, Germany

Anthony KALIK

HNK Gorica, Croatia


Charlton Athletic, England


Rangers FC, Scotland


Newcastle Jets, Australia

Connor O’TOOLE

Newcastle Jets, Australia


Everton FC, England


Olbia Calcio 1905, Italy

Kristian POPOVIC

NK Rudes, Croatia


Newcastle Jets, Australia


Crystal Palace FC, England

Dylan RYAN

Melbourne Victory, Australia


FC Famalicao, Portugal


Mjallby AIF, Sweden


Southampton FC, England

Match 1: Australia v Republic of Ireland (U21)
Date: Wednesday, 2 June 2021
Venue: Marbella Football Centre, Marbella, Spain
Kick-off: 1:00pm local; 9:00pm AEST
Live Stream: YouTube Channel.

Match 2: Australia U23 v Saudi Arabia U23
Date: Saturday, 5 June 2021
Venue: Estadio Municipal, Marbella, Spain
Kick-off: 2:00pm local; 10pm AEST
Live Stream: YouTube Channel.

Match 3: Australia U23 v Romania U23 
Date: Tuesday, 8 June 2021
Venue: Estadio Municipal, Marbella, Spain
Kick-off: 8:00pm local; 4:00am AEST Wednesday, 9 June 
Live Stream: YouTube Channel.

Match 4: Australia U23 v Mexico U23
Date: Saturday, 12 June 2021
Venue: Estadio Municipal, Marbella, Spain
Kick-off: 8:00pm local; 4:00am AEST Sunday, 13 June 
Live Stream: YouTube Channel.

Men’s Football Tournament – Tokyo 2020 – Group C 

Match 1: Argentina v Australia 

Date: Thursday, 22 July 2021
Venue: Sapporo Dome, Sapporo, Japan
Kick-off: 7:30pm local; 8:30pm AEST 

Broadcast: Seven Network 

Match 2: Australia v Spain 
Date: Sunday, 25 July 2021 
Venue: Sapporo Dome, Sapporo, Japan
Kick-off: 7:30pm local; 8:30pm AEST
Broadcast: Seven Network

Match 3: Australia v Egypt 
Date: Wednesday, 28 July 2021
Venue: Miyagi Stadium, Rifu, Japan
Kick-off: 8:00pm local; 9:00pm AEST 
Broadcast: Seven Network