Mariners pair in Socceroos training squad
Central Coast youngsters Mitchell Duke and Trent Sainsbury have earned spots in the Socceroos Australian-based training squad ahead of next month's FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
Coach Holger Osieck on Friday named 11 A-League players - plus an uncontracted Lucas Neill - for a five-day training camp on the Central Coast starting on Monday.
It's the first time striker Duke and defender Sainsbury, who both featured in the Mariners' 2-0 grand final victory over Western Sydney last month, have been selected by Osieck for a national team training camp.
The Wanderers have just one player in the squad, midfielder Aaron Mooy.
"We currently have two groups of players, those that are still playing in their domestic leagues and those from Australia that are in their off-season," Osieck said.
"The purpose of this training camp is to assess the physical standard of the players out of season and get them to a similar level compared to the other players."
The Socceroos' next Asian qualifier for the 2014 World Cup kicks off on June 4 in Japan, followed by Jordan in Melbourne on June 11 and Iraq in Sydney on June 18.
Next week's training camp will be held in conjunction with the Young Socceroos training camp as part of their preparations for June-July's FIFA under-20 World Cup in Turkey.
Training camp squad: Mitchell Duke (Central Coast), Ivan Franjic (Brisbane), Eugene Galekovic (Adelaide), Craig Goodwin (Newcastle), Jonathan McKain (Adelaide), Mark Milligan (Melbourne Victory), Aaron Mooy (Western Sydney), Lucas Neill (uncontracted), Jade North (Brisbane), Trent Sainsbury (Central Coast), Michael Thwaite (Perth), Dario Vidosic (Adelaide).