Trio named in Young Socceroos squad

Melbourne Victory youngsters Chris Cristaldo, Dylan Murnane and 'keeper Luke Radonich will head to Spain this month, as Paul Okon names his latest Young Socceroos squad.

Melbourne Victory youngsters Chris Cristaldo, Dylan Murnane and 'keeper Luke Radonich will head to Spain this month, as Paul Okon names his latest Young Socceroos squad.

Cristaldo, 18, and Murnane, 18, both featured in the Hyundai A-League last season, while Radonich, 18, was on the bench for the club's recent clash with Liverpool.

Young Socceroos Head Coach Paul Okon today named a 20-Player Squad for the upcoming COTIF U-19 International Football tournament which will be held in L'Alcúdia, Spain from 12-21 August 2013.

Okon has selected 16 Australian-based and 4 players from overseas-based clubs.

Okon is looking forward to the start of the new FIFA U-20 World Cup qualification campaign.

“This is the first stage of a new campaign with a new playing group,” said Okon

“We had originally planned to have a training camp prior to the tournament to have a look at a larger group of overseas based players to possibly have included in this squad, but due to a number injuries he have had to postpone that camp until later in the year.

“This (COTIF) Tournament is a very good one with four tough matches which include Spain and Mexico.

“This will be our first opportunity to develop our playing style and test ourselves against quality opposition,” concluded Okon

This is the 30th edition of the COTIF Tournament and will involve ten U-19 Men-s National teams from Argentina, Australia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Canada, Mexico, Japan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Spain.

All matches will be played at the Estadio Municipal Els Arcs De L'Alcúdia.

This will be the first competitive outing for this group of players who are looking to eventually qualify for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup which will be held in New Zealand. The first stage of this qualification process is the AFC U-19 Championship qualifiers which will be held in Hong Kong from 3 to 11 October 2013.

Young Socceroos Squad List - COTIF Tournament, L'Alcúdia, Spain - 12-21 August 2013

Anthony BOUZANIS (gk) Sydney FC, Australia James BALDACCHINO Western Sydney Wanderers, Australia Nicholas COWBURN Newcastle Jets, Australia Christopher CRISTALDO Melbourne Victory, Australia Matthew DAVIES Perth Glory, Australia Ben GARUCCIO Melbourne Heart, Australia Christopher IKONOMIDIS SS Lazio, Italy Rafa JIMENEZ Villarreal CF, Spain Hagi GLIGOR Sydney FC, Australia Awer MABIL Adelaide United, Australia Peter MAKRILLOS Stoke City, England Stefan MAUK Melbourne Heart, Australia Jacob MELLING Adelaide United, Australia Dylan MURNANE Melbourne Victory, Australia Christopher NAUMOFF Sydney FC, Australia Peter SKAPETIS Queens Park Rangers, England Nicholas OLSEN Western Sydney Wanderers, Australia Mitchell OXBORROW Newcastle Jets, Australia Luke RADONICH (gk) Melbourne Victory, Australia Riley WOODCOCK Perth Glory, Australia