Roar duo named in 24-man Australian U23 squad

Roar duo Aiden O'Neill & Connor O'Toole have both been selected in Gary van Egmond's 24-man squad for Australia U-23’s upcoming two-match series against New Zealand U-23 in Wollongong and Campbelltown.

The pair are two of a number of representatives from Hyundai A-League clubs in the squad for the upcoming series.

The matches, to be played at WIN Stadium, Wollongong on Friday 6 September and at Campbelltown Stadium, Campbelltown on Monday 9 September will serve as vital preparation ahead of the Olympic Games qualification tournament in January.

Young Socceroos Head Coach van Egmond, who will oversee the team for these games, says he has been working closely with Caltex Socceroos Head Coach Graham Arnold to select the strongest available squad for these important lead up matches.

“This squad is starting to spend a lot of valuable time together, after the qualification tournament in March in Cambodia, these games in New South Wales and more planned before the end of the year, we think we will be well placed once the Olympic qualifiers come around,” he said.

“The majority of our squad stems from the Hyundai A-League and it gives these young players an opportunity to continue to work towards a goal we have set, the first qualification at the Olympics for an Australian men’s team since 2008,” he said.

The Australian U-23s will travel to Thailand in January to compete in the 2020 AFC U-23 Championship where the top three teams will earn the right to join host nation Japan as Asia’s representatives at Tokyo 2020.

The New Zealand team will be aiming to qualify via the OFC U-23 Championship in September, where the winner will secure Oceania’s place in the tournament.

O'Toole


Australia U-23 24-Player Squad v New Zealand U-23

Name

Club

Nathaniel ATKINSON

Melbourne City FC

Keanu BACCUS

Western Sydney Wanderers FC

George BLACKWOOD

Adelaide United FC

Lachlan BROOK

Adelaide United FC

Nick D’AGOSTINO

Perth Glory FC

Daniel DE SILVA

Central Coast Mariners FC

Thomas DENG

Melbourne Victory FC

Denis GENREAU

Melbourne City FC

Alex GERSBACH

AGF, Denmark

Thomas GLOVER

Melbourne City FC

Tom HEWARD-BELLE

Sydney FC

Daniel MARGUSH

Adelaide United FC

Riley McGREE

Adelaide United FC

Connor METCALFE

Melbourne City FC

Tass MOURDOUKOUTAS

Western Sydney Wanderers FC

Aiden O’NEILL

Brisbane Roar FC

Connor O’TOOLE

Brisbane Roar FC

Sebastian PASQUALI

Western United FC

Kye ROWLES

Central Coast Mariners FC

Tate RUSSELL

Western Sydney Wanderers FC

Apostolos STAMATELOPOULOS

Western United FC

Ivan VUJICA

Western United FC

Lachlan WALES

Melbourne City FC

Brandon WILSON

Perth Glory FC


International Friendlies – Australia U-23 v New Zealand U-23

Date: Friday, 6 September 2019
Venue: WIN Stadium, Wollongong
Kick-off: 7.30pm AEST
Tickets: Available at www.socceroos.com.au 

Date: Monday, 9 September 2019
Venue: Campbelltown Stadium, Campbelltown
Kick-off: 7.30pm AEST
Tickets: Available at www.socceroos.com.au