Mustafa Amini heads the list of Qantas Young Socceroos set to take on Portugal.
Qantas Young Socceroos Head Coach Paul Okon has selected a 23-player squad for the upcoming two international friendly matches against the the Portugal U-20 Men-s National team in Lisbon on the 11 & 14 October 2012.
Ten overseas based players from England, Germany, the Netherlands and Scotland have been included in the squad with twelve drawn from the ranks of the Hyundai A-League Clubs as well as Luke O-Dea from Bentleigh Greens in the Victorian Premier League.
Qantas Young Socceroos Head Coach Paul Okon will be using these matches as another important part of his squad-s preparations for the upcoming AFC U-19 Championship which will be held in the United Arab Emirates from 1-17 November 2012.
As this camp is held during FIFA match dates, this will be the first time that the overseas-based players will join the core of our squad in the lead up to the AFC U-19 Championship,” said Okon.
“Even though there are some Australian-based players not selected in this particular squad they are certainly not out of contention for final selection, because we are using this camp will be to see how these overseas based players adapt to our playing style and fit into the group.
“We will also be looking to maximise our training time together and the games against Portugal will give us a good indication of how well the overseas-based players can gel in a short period of time,” concluded Okon.
Qantas Young Socceroos Squad - Portugal - October 2012
Mustafa AMINI, Terry ANTONIS, Alex BAIRD (gk), Joshua BRILLANTE, Corey BROWN, Reece CAIRA, Connor CHAPMAN, Travis COOPER, Ryan EDWARDS, Corey GAMEIRO, Ben GARUCCIO , Jason GERIA, Jackson IRVINE, Paul IZZO, Liam JACOB (gk), Tom KING, Jamie MACLAREN, Hayden MORTON, Luke O-DEA, Mitchell OXBORROW, Daniel PETKOVSKI, Adam TAGGART, Ryan WILLIAMS
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