Toure among 13 Hyundai A-League players named in Australia U-23 squad for China Tour

The Hyundai A-League is represented by 13 players in the 25-player squad that will assemble in Chongqing, China this week for a three-match friendly series throughout the November FIFA window.

Western Sydney Wanderers and Melbourne City are the best represented clubs in the squad, contributing three players each including Keanu Baccus (Wanderers) and Connor Metcalfe (City) who have been in excellent form in the first five rounds.

Adelaide United’s Al Hassan Toure has earned a call-up as one of two Reds in the squad, along with keeper Daniel Margush.

Sydney FC, Melbourne Victory, Perth Glory, Wellington Phoenix and Brisbane Roar each have one player in the 25-man squad.

The team, led by interim Australia U-23 Head Coach Gary van Egmond - who oversaw the Young Socceroos’ successful qualification for the 2020 AFC U-19 Championship in Chinese Taipei on Sunday - will play DPR Korea (15/11), Lithuania (17/11) and hosts China PR (19/11) at the Chongqing City Dazu District Sports Centre Stadium.


The matches are crucial preparation for the 2020 AFC U-23 Championship in Thailand.

Like Australia, China PR and DPR Korea will compete at the 2020 AFC U-23 Championship in Thailand, where three Asian Football Confederation (AFC) qualification places for the men’s football tournament at the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics will be highly sought after.

In Thailand next January Australia will contest Group A alongside the host nation as well as Iraq and Bahrain.

November’s friendly matches in China will provide more opportunities for players to stake their claim for a place in Australia 2020 AFC U-23 Championship squad. In October 2019 Australia held a training camp in Qatar, while in September 2019 the team played two international friendlies against New Zealand in New South Wales.

Connor Metcalfe
Melbourne City starlet Connor Metcalfe

Australia U-23 National Team Squad | November 2019 FIFA Window | Chongqing, China

Name

Club, Country

Panos ARMENAKAS

Panathinaikos, Greece

Keanu BACCUS

Western Sydney Wanderers FC, Australia

Daniel BOUMAN

SC Cambuur, Netherlands

Jake BRIMMER

Perth Glory FC, Australia

Gabriel CLEUR

U.S. Alessandria, Italy

Thomas DENG

Melbourne Victory, Australia

Zach DUNCAN

AGF Aarhus, Denmark

Ben FOLAMI

Ipswich Town FC, England

Alex GERSBACH

AGF Aarhus, Denmark

Thomas GLOVER (Gk)

Melbourne City FC, Australia

Kosta GROZOS

Western Sydney Wanderers FC, Australia

Jordan HOLMES (Gk)

Ebbsfleet Town, England

Jacob ITALIANO

Borussia Monchengladbach, Germany

Anthony KALIK

HNK Hajduk Split, Croatia

Josh LAWS

Fortuna Dusseldorf II, Germany

Daniel MARGUSH (Gk)

Adelaide United, Australia

Connor METCALFE

Melbourne City FC, Australia

Tass MOURDOUKOUTAS

Western Sydney Wanderers FC, Australia

Ramy NAJJARINE

Melbourne City FC, Australia

Connor O’TOOLE

Brisbane Roar FC, Australia

Nick PENNINGTON

Olbia Calcio, Italy

Reno PISCOPO

Wellington Phoenix FC, New Zealand

Dylan RYAN

Willem II Tilburg, Netherlands

Al Hassan TOURE

Adelaide United, Australia

Harry VAN DER SAAG

Sydney FC, Australia

 

Match Schedule | Australia U-23 National Team Squad | November 2019 FIFA Window | Chongqing, China

Australia U-23 v DPR Korea U-23
Date: Friday, 15 November 2019
Venue: Chongqing City Dazu District Sports Centre Stadium
Kick-off: 4.00pm (local); 7.00pm (AEDT)

Australia U-23 v Lithuania U-23
Date: Sunday, 17 November 2019
Venue: Chongqing City Dazu District Sports Centre Stadium
Kick-off: 4.00pm (local); 7.00pm (AEDT)

China U-23 v Australia U-23
Date: Tuesday, 19 November 2019
Venue: Chongqing City Dazu District Sports Centre Stadium
Kick-off: 7.30pm (local); 10.30pm (AEDT)

*Potential live stream information for matches to be confirmed