Hyundai A-League connections: 14 home-based stars called up for U-23 duty

Fourteen rising stars of the Hyundai A-League have been selected in Graham Arnold’s Australia U-23 squad for the AFC U-23 Championship.

The competition that pits the best of the Asian Football Confederation’s youth talent against each other takes place in Thailand between January 8-26, 2020.

Australia are drawn in Group A of the 16-team tournament alongside host nation Thailand, Iraq and Bahrain. The top three teams will join Japan in qualifying for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games men’s football event.

Melbourne City are best represented club with four of their youngsters selected – Denis Genreau, Thomas Glover, Connor Metcalfe and Ramy Najjarine – to pull on the Green and Gold jersey.

Sydney FC, Western Sydney Wanderers and Brisbane Roar have two players called up to the tournament, while Adelaide United, Melbourne Victory, Perth Glory and Wellington Phoenix all have one selection.

Australia U-23 play a warm-up match on Friday, 3 January against Korea Republic U-23s in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, before the group opener five days later, meaning players will be away for a least two rounds of Hyundai A-League action.


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Australia U-23 Men’s National Team Squad | AFC U-23 Championship Thailand 2020

Name

Club, Country

Keanu BACCUS

Western Sydney Wanderers FC, Australia

Daniel BOUMAN

SC Cambuur, Netherlands

Trent BUHAGIAR

Sydney FC, Australia

Gabriel CLEUR

U.S. Alessandria, Italy

Nicholas D’AGOSTINO

Perth Glory FC, Australia

Thomas DENG

Melbourne Victory, Australia

Zach DUNCAN

AGF Aarhus, Denmark

Ben FOLAMI

Ipswich Town FC, England

Denis GENREAU

Melbourne City FC, Australia

Alex GERSBACH

AGF Aarhus, Denmark

Thomas GLOVER (Gk)

Melbourne City FC, Australia

Thomas HEWARD-BELLE (Gk)

Sydney FC, Australia

Jordan HOLMES (Gk)

Ebbsfleet United FC, England

Jacob ITALIANO

Borussia Monchengladbach, Germany

Joshua LAWS

Fortuna Dusseldorf II, Germany

Connor METCALFE

Melbourne City FC, Australia

Tass MOURDOUKOUTAS

Western Sydney Wanderers FC, Australia

Ramy NAJJARINE

Melbourne City FC, Australia

Aiden O’NEILL

Brisbane Roar FC, Australia

Connor O’TOOLE

Brisbane Roar FC, Australia

Reno PISCOPO

Wellington Phoenix FC, Australia

Dylan RYAN

Willem II Tilburg, Netherlands

Al Hassan TOURE

Adelaide United, Australia


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Australia U-23 Men's National Team  Upcoming Fixtures

Australia U-23 v Korea Republic U-23 – International Friendly
Date: Friday, 3 January 2020
Venue: Stadium Bola Sepak, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Kick-off: 5.00pm (local); 8.00pm (AEDT)
Note: Match to be played behind closed doors

Iraq U-23 v Australia U-23 – AFC U-23 Championship Thailand 2020
Date: Wednesday, 8 January 2020
Venue: Thammasat Stadium, Pathum Thani, Thailand
Kick-off: 5.15pm (local); 9.15pm (AEDT)
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Broadcast: To be confirmed

Australia U-23 v Thailand U-23 – AFC U-23 Championship Thailand 2020
Date: Saturday, 11 January 2020
Venue: Rajamangala Stadium, Bangkok, Thailand
Kick-off: 8.15pm (local); 12.15am + 1 (Sunday, 12 January AEDT)
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Broadcast: To be confirmed

Australia U-23 v Bahrain U-23 – AFC U-23 Championship Thailand 2020
Date: Tuesday, 14 January 2020
Venue: Thammasat Stadium, Pathum Thani, Thailand
Kick-off: 8.15pm (local); 12.15am +1 (Wednesday, 15 January AEDT)
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Broadcast: To be confirmed

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