Young guns to take on Asia

The Joeys squad that will create history as the first Australian team to compete as a member of the Asian Football Confederation has been announced by National Youth Coach Ange Postecoglou.

The Joeys squad that will create history as the first Australian team to compete as a member of the Asian Football Confederation has been announced by National Youth Coach Ange Postecoglou.

Australia will commence its 2007 FIFA U-17 World Championship campaign early next month when they compete in the preliminary group stage against Indonesia and host-nation Laos.

The team will compete in Group I with both matches to be played in the Laotian capital of Vientiane City commencing on February 7.

The winner of the group will progress to the final stage of the AFC U-17 Championship to be played in Singapore in September.

The 20-strong squad was selected following a four-day training camp conducted in Sydney last week.

The squad for the AFC U-17 World Championship qualifying tournament is: Paul Giannou (Victoria), Andrew Jerez (Victoria), Milos Lujic (Victoria), Rocky Visconte (South Australia), Philip Kirreh (South Australia), Michael McEntagert g/k (South Australia), Travis Andersen (South Australia), Nathan Papez (Queensland), Dillon Visser g/k (Queensland), James Brown (Queensland), Dean Bouzanis g/k (New South Wales), Aaron Mooy (New South Wales), Brodie Mooy (New South Wales), Jesse Pinto (New South Wales), Nathan Sherlock (New South Wales), James Raiti (New South Wales), George Strogylos (New South Wales), Nemanja Tomic (New South Wales), Brent McGrath (New South Wales), Ben Bronneberg (New South Wales).

Stand-by: Joshua Birch (New South Wales), Jonathan Reis (ACT), Taylor Beaton (ACT), Myles Carseldine (Queensland), Daniel Watson (Queensland), Nikolas Tsattalios (New South Wales).

The squad includes cousins Aaron and Brodie Mooy as well as Brent McGrath who at just 14 years and seven months would be the youngest player to represent the Australian U-17s should he take the field in Laos.

Fixtures:

* Laos v Australia
Tuesday 7 February @ 5pm (9pm AEDST)
National Stadium, Vientiane City

* Australia v Indonesia
Thursday 9 February @ 5pm (9pm AEDST)
National Stadium, Vientiane City

* Indonesia v Laos
Saturday 11 February @ 5pm (9pm AEDST)
National Stadium, Vientiane City

The 2007 FIFA U-17 World Championship will be played in South Korea and will include five AFC participants including the host-nation.
Source: Football Federation Australia