Young Socceroos selection set for Netherlands camp

A selection of Australia’s best and brightest young footballers will gather in the Netherlands this month for a Young Socceroos talent identification camp which will include friendly matches against U-19 sides from three top Eredivisie clubs.

2020 marks an important year for the Young Socceroos, with players involved in the program set to feature at the AFF U-19 Championship in Indonesia mid-year, followed by the AFC U-19 Championship in Uzbekistan in October.

The 2020 AFC U-19 Championship serves as the qualification process for the FIFA U-20 World Cup, which will next be held in Indonesia in mid-2021.

Australia’s 22 player squad will convene in Holland this weekend and will train at Sportpark Kleinhoven, home of Dutch amateur league club SC Hoevelaken. 

Goalkeeper Adam Pavlesic celebrates at the FIFA U-17 World Cup
Goalkeeper Adam Pavlesic celebrates after the Joeys qualify for the knockout stage at the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

Gary van Egmond’s group – which includes players based both in Australia and abroad, as well as five players that featured for the Joeys at the FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019 – will play FC Utrecht U-19 (18 February), AFC Ajax Amsterdam U-19 (22 February) and FC Twente U-19 (25 February) as part of the development tour. 

In December 2019, a group of 26 players from across Australia gathered at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) in Canberra for a similar camp targeted at pinpointing potential players for the Young Socceroos. 

“This month’s camp will provide a great opportunity for our staff to assess a diverse group of young Australian footballers in an elite environment,” van Egmond said.

“We’re pleased to have been able to schedule matches against youth teams from three top Dutch clubs, and these games as well as the time we spend together will help us attain a clearer picture of some of the players who may form part of our squads for tournaments later this year.”

Sydney FC defender Anton Mlinaric on the ball against Ecuador at the FIFA U-17 World Cup
Sydney FC defender Anton Mlinaric on the ball against Ecuador at the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Brazil.

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Young Socceroos Talent Identification Camp | February 2020 | Netherlands

Name

Club, Country

Lachlan BROOK

Adelaide United FC, Australia

Phillip CANCAR

NK Hrvatski Dragovoljac, Croatia

Jarrod CARLUCCIO

Western Sydney Wanderers FC, Australia

Doni GRDIC

HNK Šibenik, Croatia

Jake HOLLMAN

Sydney FC, Australia

Gianluca IANNUCCI

Melbourne City FC, Australia

Birkan KIRDAR

Melbourne Victory, Australia

Jaiden KUCHARSKI

Sydney FC, Australia

Luis LAWRIE-LATTANZIO

Melbourne Victory, Australia

Anton MLINARIC

Sydney FC, Australia

Fabian MONGE

Western Sydney Wanderers FC, Australia

Mark NATTA

Western Sydney Wanderers FC, Australia

Adrian NEOKLIS

Mislata CF, Spain

Adam PAVLESIC (Gk)

Sydney FC, Australia

Izaack POWELL

Brisbane Roar FC, Australia

Luka PRSO

NK Olimpija Ljubljana, Slovenia

Dylan RUIZ-DIAZ

Central Coast Mariners FC, Australia

Cooper SKERRY (Gk)

Leeds United, England

George STAMBOULIDIS

Extremadura UD, Spain

Callum TALBOT

Sydney FC, Australia

Caleb WATTS

Southampton FC, England

Josip ZELIC

NK Dubrava, Croatia

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