Young Socceroos' Euro squad named
Young Socceroos coach Paul Okon has named seven overseas-based players in his 26-man squad for a European training camp which includes two friendlies in preparation for the FIFA Under 20s World Cup in Turkey.
The remainder of the squad is from the A-League, including Sydney FC midfielder Terry Antonis, as players get their final chance to stake a claim for a place in the final 21-man squad for the World Cup beginning next month.
Okon's team will play friendlies against the Netherlands under 21s next Friday and the German U21s a week later.
"Our recent training camps in Australia have been extremely beneficial for our preparations, especially the last two weeks when we have been able to train with the older national team players," said Okon.
"For this European tour we have merged the overseas and domestic players together and we will be looking to improve even more."
The Young Socceroos face a couple of stern hitouts in the friendlies from two sides preparing for the UEFA under 21 Championships which commence next month.
"From these matches we will get a good indication on what is required to be competitive at the FIFA under 20s World Cup," Okon said.
Young Socceroos squad: Mustafa Amini (Borussia Dortmund, Germany), Nicholas Ansell (Melbourne Victory), Terry Antonis (Sydney FC), Anthony Bouzanis GK (Sydney FC), Joshua Brillante (Newcastle Jets) Reece Caira (Western Sydney), Connor Chapman (Newcastle Jets), Travis Cooper (VVV Venlo, Netherlands), Daniel De Silva (Perth Glory), James Donachie (Brisbane Roar), Jack Duncan GK (Perth Glory) Ryan Edwards (Reading), Scott Galloway (Melbourne Victory), Ben Garuccio (Melbourne Heart), Jason Geria (Melbourne Victory), Curtis Good (Newcastle United), Hagi Gligor (Sydney FC), Andrew Hoole (Newcastle Jets), Jackson Irvine (Celtic), Paul Izzo GK (Adelaide United), Jamie Maclaren (Blackburn Rovers), Connor Pain (Melbourne Victory), Adam Taggart (Newcastle Jets), David Vrankovic (Melbourne Heart), Jeremy Walker (Melbourne Heart), Ryan Williams (Fulham).