Paul Okon announced his 20 man squad for the 2014 AFF Under 19 Championship on Wednesday as the side prepares for the Hanoi tournament early next month.
All bar three players are members of A-League squads, with two players being foreign based and one playing in the National Premier Leagues.
Harry Ascroft of VVV Venlo in the Netherlands and Peter Skapetis in the set-up of Stoke City in the English Premier League are the only overseas players while Shayne D’Cunha plays outside the top flight as he is with Blacktown City of the NPL New South Wales.
The AFF Championship in Hanoi proves a useful championship event for the Under 19 age group ahead of the Asian Championship in Myanmar later in the year, which doubles as a World Cup Qualifier for Asia with the top four going to the world championship in New Zealand in 2015.
The AFF championships being held in Vietnam means it will be similar conditions to Myanmar, something that Okon is excited about, saying in the press release “The two group matches against Vietnam and Japan within three days will be a good challenge for us in conditions we are likely to face in Myanmar in October.”
The AFF tournament contains just six teams and as such it is only two groups of three with the Young Socceroos just needing to avoid coming last in the group to advance to the semi-finals.
The Young Socceroos will look to build on their good performance at the NTC Invitational that took place in California last month, where only goal difference stopped Australia claiming the crown.
Young Socceroos Squad 2014 AFF Championship
Daniel Alessi (Western Sydney Wanderers)
Harry Ascroft (VVV Venlo, The Netherlands)
George Blackwood (Apia Leichhardt/Sydney FC NYL)
Shannon Brady (Brisbane Roar)
Brandon Borrello (Brisbane Roar)
Anthony Bouzanis (gk)(Sydney FC)
Jordan Brown (Melbourne Victory)
Daniel De Silva (Perth Glory)
Shayne D’Cunha (Blacktown City)
Scott Galloway (Melbourne Victory)
Ben Garuccio (Melbourne City)
Hagi Gligor (Sydney FC)
Paul Izzo (gk) Adelaide United)
Awer Mabil (Adelaide United)
Stefan Mauk (Melbourne City)
Christopher Naumoff (Sydney FC)
Liam Rose (Central Coast Mariners)
Peter Skapetis (Stoke City FC, England)
Jaushua Sotirio (Western Sydney Wanderers)
Benjamin Warland (Adelaide United)