Gombau names Australian U23s squad for training camp

The Mariners' Liam Rose and Western Sydney's Jonathan Aspropotamitis are part of a training camp in preparation for the AFC U-23 Championships.
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An Australian Under 23 squad will assemble in Sydney from 14-19 May 2017 for a training camp in preparation for the AFC U-23 Championship China 2018 Qualifiers to be held in July in Myanmar.

The majority of the 24 players selected for the camp by Australian Under 23 Men’s National Team Head Coach Josep Gombau are currently at Hyundai A-League clubs, with the additional three being overseas based trio Thomas Deng, Thomas Glover and Jordan Holmes.

Glover and Holmes are amongst four goalkeepers who will attend the camp along with Adelaide United pair Paul Izzo and Daniel Margush.

Gombau will use the training camp to decide on the makeup of his final squad for July’s qualifiers, saying this group would form the nucleus of the team that travels to Myanmar.

“I am happy with this squad because most of the 24 players we have picked for this camp have been getting game time in the Hyundai A-League and a number of them have been playing in the first eleven which is both pleasing and important,” said Gombau.

Gombau admits Germany's World Cup success has inspired him to tinker with his side's tactics.

“The majority of the squad that we take to the qualifiers in July will come from this group of players so the training camp will be a valuable time to work together on the style, the philosophy and our tactical movements.”

“Following this camp we’ll also have ten days to bring the squad together before the tournament so I am confident we can do a good job once we get there.”

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 U23 National Team training camp (14-19 May 2017)

Player

DOB

Club

Daniel ARZANI

4/01/99

Melbourne City FC

Jonathan ASPROPOTAMITIS

7/06/96

Western Sydney Wanderers FC

Adam BERRY

20/02/97

Central Coast Mariners

George BLACKWOOD

4/06/97

Sydney FC

Brandon BORRELLO

25/07/95

Brisbane Roar FC

Trent BUHAGIAR

27/02/98

Central Coast Mariners

Joe CALETTI

14/09/98

Brisbane Roar FC

Devante CLUT

16/10/95

Newcastle Jets

Nicholas COWBURN

7/03/95

Newcastle Jets

Thomas DENG

20/03/97

PSV Eindhoven, Netherlands

Scott GALLOWAY

10/04/95

Central Coast Mariners

Ben GARUCCIO

15/06/95

Adelaide United

Thomas GLOVER (gk)

24/12/97

Tottenham Hotspur, England

Jordan HOLMES (gk)

8/05/97

AFC Bournemouth, England

Paul IZZO (gk)

6/01/95

Adelaide United

Lachlan JACKSON

12/03/95

Newcastle Jets

Daniel MARGUSH (gk)

28/11/97

Adelaide United

Riley McGREE

2/11/98

Adelaide United

Jordan O’DOHERTY

14/10/97

Adelaide United

Liam ROSE

7/04/97

Central Coast Mariners

Lachlan SCOTT

15/04/97

Western Sydney Wanderers FC

Jaushua SOTIRIO

11/10/95

Western Sydney Wanderers FC

Ruon TONGYIK

28/12/96

Melbourne City FC

Brandon WILSON

28/01/97

Perth Glory

AFC U-23 Championship China 2018 Qualifiers

19-23 July 2017 in Yangon, Myanmar

Group F

Australia

Myanmar

Singapore

Brunei Darussalam