A-league players in Young Socceroos squad

October 22, 2012

Thirteen A-League players - including five from Newcastle Jets - have been named in the 23-strong Young Socceroos squad which will vie for entry to the Youth World Cup entry at next month's Asian Football Confederation Under-19 Championships.

Young Socceroos coach Paul Okon said he had to make some "tough decisions" before finalising the squad, which features former Central Coast midfielder Mustafa Amini, now with German powerhouse Borussia Dortmund.

Okon backed his squad to put themselves in World Cup contention after an "intense" five month preparation.

The semi-finalists at the AFC Championships held in the United Arab Emirates from November 1-17 automatically qualify for the 2013 FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Turkey.

"To be able to use the majority of these players at the AFC Under-22 qualifiers in Indonesia in July gave us good competitive matches under tournament conditions which will serve us well once we get to the UAE," Okon said.

"Whilst we know it will be a difficult challenge, I am confident that we have a strong enough squad to progress from the group stage to the quarter-finals.

"(It)... will then come down to that one important game for us to perform in to qualify for the World Cup."

The Young Socceroos will fly out for the UAE this weekend before finalising their preparations with an international friendly against South Korea on Tuesday.

They will feature in Group D alongside Qatar, Syria and Saudi Arabia.

The Young Socceroos kick off their campaign against Qatar on November 4.

The top two teams from each group progress to the knockout stage.

Young Socceroos squad: Terry Antonis (Sydney FC), Mustafa Amini (Borussia Dortmund, Germany), Joshua Brillante (Newcastle Jets), Corey Brown (Brisbane Roar), Reece Caira (Western Sydney Wanderers), Connor Chapman (Newcastle Jets), Travis Cooper (VVV Venlo, The Netherlands), Jack Duncan (gk, Newcastle Jets), Ryan Edwards (Reading FC, England), Corey Gameiro (FC Eindhoven, Netherlands), Ben Garuccio (Melbourne Heart), Jason Geria (Brisbane Roar), Curtis Good (Newcastle United, England), Jackson Irvine (Celtic FC, Scotland), Paul Izzo (gk, Adelaide United), Liam Jacob (gk, Oldham Athletic FC, England), Tom King (Bristol City FC, England), Jamie Maclaren (Blackburn Rovers, England), Hayden Morton (Central Coast Mariners), Mitchell Oxborrow (Newcastle Jets), Adam Taggart (Newcastle Jets), David Vrankovic (Melbourne Heart), Ryan Williams (Fulham FC, England).