Gombau names squad for the AFC U-23 Championship qualifiers

Josep Gombau has named his squad for the AFC U-23 Championship qualifiers.
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Australian Under 23’s National Team Head Coach Josep Gombau has named a 26-player squad ahead of the upcoming AFC U-23 Championship China 2018 Qualifiers to be held next month in Myanmar.

The majority of the players are currently at Hyundai A-League clubs, with the additional five being overseas based (Awer Mabil, Thomas Glover, Daniel Nizic, Stefan Mauk and Milislav Popovic).

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

“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.”

“For a lot of Asian countries they are currently in the middle of their seasons whereas in Australia it’s pre-season, but we have a number of players who have already been in pre-season for three weeks so they come into camp with some load and training under their belts.”

“But we have a camp for 10 days leading up to the start of the tournament so I’m confident we will arrive at the first match in good shape.”

Riley McGree

“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.”

“Of the other teams, Myanmar playing at home will have a bit of an advantage but we will definitely be respecting our other two opponents in the group as well.”

The squad will gather in Sydney next week for a pre-tournament camp which will feature two training matches against the Western Sydney Wanderers FC and Central Coast Mariners.

The squad will then be reduced to 23 players before heading to Myanmar on 15 July.

The Mariners' Liam Rose and Western Sydney's Jonathan Aspropotamitis are part of a training camp in preparation for the AFC U-23 Championships.

Australia’s first match will be against Brunei Darussalam on 19 July, followed by Singapore on 21 July and then the host nation, Myanmar, on 23 July.

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.

  Australian Under 23’s National Team Squad for AFC U-23 CHAMPIONSHIP 2018 Qualifiers

First Name

Surname

Position

DOB

Club

Daniel

ARZANI

Forward

04-01-99

Melbourne City FC

Jonathan

ASPROPOTAMITIS

Defender

07-06-96

Western Sydney Wanderers FC

George

BLACKWOOD

Midfielder

06-04-97

Adelaide United FC

Trent

BUHAGIAR

Forward

27-02-98

Central Coast Mariners FC

Joe

CALETTI

Midfielder

01-01-98

Brisbane Roar FC

Devante

CLUT

Midfielder

16-10-95

Newcastle Jets FC

Nicholas

COWBURN

Defender

07-03-95

Newcastle Jets FC

Thomas

DENG

Defender

20-03-97

Melbourne Victory FC

Scott

GALLOWAY

Defender

25-04-95

Wellington Phoenix FC

Thomas

GLOVER

Goalkeeper

14-12-97

Tottenham Hotspur, England

Paul

IZZO

Goalkeeper

06-01-95

Adelaide United FC

Lachlan

JACKSON

Defender

12-03-95

Newcastle Jets FC

Bruce

KAMAU

Forward

28-03-95

Melbourne City FC

Awer

MABIL

Forward

15-09-95

FC Midtjylland, Denmark

Stefan

MAUK

Midfielder

22-10-95

NEC, Netherlands

Riley

McGREE

Midfielder

02-11-98

Adelaide United FC

Stefan

NIGRO

Defender

10-08-96

Melbourne Victory FC

Daniel

NIZIC

Goalkeeper

15-03-95

Morecambe FC, England

Jordan

O'DOHERTY

Forward

14-10-97

Adelaide United FC

Milislav

POPOVIC

Forward

06-03-97

Eintracht Braunschweig, Germany

Liam

ROSE

Midfielder

07-04-97

Central Coast Mariners FC

Lachlan

SCOTT

Forward

15-04-97

Western Sydney Wanderers FC

Jaushua

SOTIRIO

Forward

11-10-95

Western Sydney Wanderers FC

Ruon

TONGYIK

Defender

28-12-96

Melbourne City FC

Benjamin

WARLAND

Defender

04-09-96

Adelaide United FC

Brandon

WILSON

Midfielder

28-01-97

Perth Glory FC

AFC U-23 CHAMPIONSHIP 2018 Qualifiers Group F - OFFICIAL MATCH SCHEDULE

Date

No

Match

Kick-Off

(local)

Kick-Off

(AEST)

19/7/2017

1

AUSTRALIA

vs.

BRUNEI DARUSSALAM

15:00

18:30

19/7/2017

2

MYANMAR

vs.

SINGAPORE

18:00

21:30

21/7/2017

3

BRUNEI DARUSSALAM

vs.

MYANMAR

15:00

18:30

21/7/2017

4

SINGAPORE

vs.

AUSTRALIA

18:00

21:30

23/7/2017

5

AUSTRALIA

vs.

MYANMAR

15:00

18:30

23/7/2017

6

SINGAPORE

vs.

BRUNEI DARUSSALAM

18:00

21:30

Venue: Thuwunna Stadium, Yangon