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Sep 25, 2013   |  10:18PM AET

Our four young guns

Our four young guns

Jordan Brown, Chris Cristaldo, Scott Galloway and Luke Radonich have all been named in Paul Okon’s 23-player Young Socceroos squad for the upcoming AFC U-19 Championship Qualifiers.

Jordan Brown, Chris Cristaldo, Scott Galloway and Luke Radonich have all been named in Paul Okon’s 23-player Young Socceroos squad for the upcoming AFC U-19 Championship Qualifiers.

The Qualifiers will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 3-7 October 2013.

Okon has selected 16 Australian-based players from the Hyundai A-League clubs and the Australian Institute of Sport and 7 overseas-based players from England, Italy and Spain.

With the benefit of a number of tournaments and training camps together, Okon is optimistic about his team-s prospects.

“This will be the first time that we will have overseas-based and Australian-based groups of players together for the tournament,” said Okon

“This is the first formal step in the qualification campaign for the FIFA U-20 World Cup and our goal for this tournament is to top the group.

“The conditions in Malaysia will be tough, with high heat and humidity expected.

“For this reason, we have chosen to arrive in Kuala Lumpur early to acclimatize and prepare ourselves for the tournament,” concluded Okon.

The Young Socceroos will depart Australia this Friday and will line-up against Hong Kong in their first match of the tournament on Thursday 3 October. The Young Socceroos will then face Chinese Taipei (Saturday 5 October) and Vietnam (Monday 7 October).

The Group winners of the nine groups (five from West Zone and four from the East Zone) along with the six best-placed sides and hosts Myanmar will qualify for the AFC U-19 Championship which will be held in October 2014.

The AFC U-19 Championship also serve as the qualifiers for the FIFA U-20 World Cup with the top-four sides of the 2014 edition booking a place each in the FIFA U-20 World Cup to be held in New Zealand in 2015.

Name
Club, Country

Jake Adelson
Everton FC, England
Jordan Brown
Melbourne Victory, Australia
Christopher Cristaldo
Melbourne Victory, Australia

Nicholas Cowburn
Newcastle Jets, Australia
Callum Elder
Leicester City, England
Daniel De Silva
Perth Glory, Australia
Ben Garuccio
Melbourne Heart, Australia
Christopher Ikonimidis
SS Lazio, Italy
Rafael Jimenez
Villarreal CF, Spain
Anthony Kalik
AIS, Australia
Scott Galloway
Melbourne Victory, Australia

Hagi Gligor
Sydney FC, Australia
Jordan Lyden
Aston Villa, England
Stefan Mauk
Melbourne Heart, Australia
Thomas Manos (gk)
Western Sydney Wanderers, Australia
Joshua McDonald
Sydney FC, Australia
Christopher Naumoff
Sydney FC, Australia
Danijel Nizic (gk)
Burnley FC, England
Nicholas Olsen
Western Sydney Wanderers, Australia
Mitchell Oxborrow
Newcastle Jets, Australia
Luke Radonich (gk)
Melbourne Victory, Australia

Peter Skapetis
QPR, England
Benjamin Warland
AIS, Australia