Victory youngsters in Under 23’s

Stefan Nigro and Thomas Deng have been selected in a 26-player squad for the upcoming AFC Under 23 Championship China 2018 Qualifiers.

Nigro and Deng are part of a strong Hyundai A-League contingent, and Head Coach Josep Gombau is confident in his squad.

“I am very confident in the players we have picked for this tournament,” Gombau said.

“In all of the training camps we have had recently they have done really well and I am satisfied that the final 23 players that are chosen for the tournament can do the job.”

“The main objective is obviously to qualify for the AFC U-23 Championship but for me the key is that we have a squad that is highly competitive and there is depth among the entire group.”

“We have our kind of football and philosophy of how we want to play which is important because we want to play good football and develop these players to one day become Socceroos.”

The squad will be reduced from 26 to 23 before they travel to Myanmar on July 15.

To qualify for next year’s AFC U-23 Championship, Australia needs to top its group or be one of the best five second placed teams of the ten qualifying groups.

Fixtures – Thuwunna Stadium, Yangon

July 19: Australia v Brunei Darussalam, 6:30pm EST
July 21: Australia v Singapore, 9:30pm EST
July 23: Australia v Myanmar, 6:30pm EST

Squad

Daniel ARZANI
Jonathan ASPROPOTAMITIS
George BLACKWOOD
Trent BUHAGIAR
Joe CALETTI
Devante CLUT
Nicholas COWBURN
Thomas DENG
Scott GALLOWAY
Thomas GLOVER
Paul IZZO
Lachlan JACKSON
Bruce KAMAU
Awer MABIL
Stefan MAUK
Riley McGREE
Stefan NIGRO
Daniel NIZIC
Jordan O'DOHERTY
Milislav POPOVIC
Liam ROSE
Lachlan SCOTT
Jaushua SOTIRIO
Ruon TONGYIK
Benjamin WARLAND
Brandon WILSON