10 players from NSW selected to the Australian U17s Joeys


The Australian U17s “Joeys” commence their preparations for June’s AFC U-17 Asian Cup Thailand 2023 when they compete in the four nations U-17 Antalya Youth Cup in Turkey next month.

The Australians will face U-17 national men’s teams representing Czechia, Morocco, and Uzbekistan from 8 – 18 February 2023, with Subway Joeys’ Head Coach Brad Maloney selecting a 23-player squad for this tournament.

Speaking about the tournament, Brad Maloney said: “The Antalya Youth Cup presents an exciting opportunity to pit some of the country’s best emerging footballers against leading opposition from three different continents.

“To be able to play the likes of Czechia, Morocco, and Uzbekistan within the space of six days presents an ideal learning experience for this squad as we prepare for June’s AFC U-17 Asian Cup and hopefully the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Peru later this year,” said Maloney.

This will be the first time the Subway Joeys have come together for a camp or tournament since topping their respective Group during the AFC U-17 Asian Cup 2023™ Qualifiers held in Shepparton, Victoria, during October 2022.

Maloney – appointed to the Head Coach role in August of last year – and his coaching staff have spent the past three months watching matches from both home and abroad to support their planning for 2023 and beyond, with seven new faces being selected in the squad for the Antalya Youth Cup.

“With our elite youth pathways in hiatus for almost three years due to the pandemic, it’s more important than ever we are continually monitoring, scouting, and unearthing talent to ensure every eligible player is on our radar and considered for national team honours,” explained Maloney.

“We have made several changes to the squad who contested the qualifiers in October, with the view to providing international exposure to as many players as possible and to build depth as part of our preparations for this year’s Asian Cup,” concluded Maloney.

Due to this tournament being played outside a FIFA window, Adelaide United FC’s Nestory Irankunda was unavailable for selection.

The Asian Football Confederation confirmed earlier this month that Thailand will host the AFC U-17 Asian Cup 2023™, with the tournament to now take place, 15 June – 2 July 2023. The Draw for the AFC U-17 Asian Cup Thailand 2023™ is scheduled to occur in March, where Australia will the need to reach the semi-finals to qualify for the FIFA U-17 World Cup Peru 2023™, to run 10 November – 2 December 2023.

Subway Joeys Squad | Antalya Youth Cup 2023 | 8 – 18 February 2023

Name Position Current Club (as at 24/01) Junior Club/Member Federation
Peter ANTONIOU Defender Melbourne City FC FC Bulleen Lions / Football Victoria
Daniel BENNIE* Attacker Perth Glory FC Sorrento FC / Football West
Nicolas CALDER* Midfielder FC Luzern FC Kuessnacht (Switzerland)
Zachary DE JESUS Defender Sydney FC Lakeside Lions JFC / Football NSW
Campbell DOVISON Attacker Central Coast Mariners FC East Bentleigh SC / Football Victoria
Mitchell GLASSON Attacker Sydney FC Liverpool Rangers SC / Football NSW
Aden GREEN* Defender Western Sydney Wanderers FC Maccabi Hakoah JFC / Football NSW
Max HATELY Attacker Western Sydney Wanderers FC Kellyville SC / Football NSW
Jordan HOEY* Attacker Melbourne Victory FC FC Bulleen Lions / Football Victoria
Franklin JAN* Goalkeeper St George FC Leichhardt Saints FC / Football NSW
Ryan KALMS Defender Melbourne City FC Strathdale FC / Football Victoria
Pearson KASAWAYA* Attacker Sydney FC Griffith City FC / Football NSW
Andriano LEBIB Defender Perth Glory FC Dianella White Eagles / Football West
Jacob McLACHLAN Defender Sydney FC Georges River FC / Football NSW
Andre PARKES Defender Central Coast Mariners FC Castle Hill United / Football NSW
Anthony PAVLESIC Goalkeeper Central Coast Mariners FC Sydney United 58 FC / Football NSW
Jaylan PEARMAN Midfielder Perth Glory FC Westside FC / Football West
Sotiri PHILLIS Defender Adelaide United FC West Torrens Birkalla / Football SA
Xavier SMITH Defender Crewe Alexandra FC Liverpool FC (United Kingdom)
Corey SUTHERLAND Midfielder Perth Glory FC Cockburn City / Football West
Fabian TALLADIRA Midfielder Adelaide United FC Adelaide City FC / Football SA
Danilo TREFFILETTI* Midfielder AC Monza APIA Leichhardt FC / Football NSW
Michael VONJA Goalkeeper Western United FC George Cross FC / Football Victoria

*Denotes new to the squad, wasn’t part of AFC U-17 Asian Cup 2023™ Qualifiers in October 2022

The 10 players from NSW are Zachary DE JESUS, Mitchell GLASSON, Pearson KASAWAYA, Jacob McLACHLAN (Sydney FC), Campbell DOVISON, Andre PARKES, Anthony PAVLESIC (Central Coast Mariners), Aden GREEN, Max HATELY (Western Sydney Wanderers) Franklin JAN (St George FC)

Source: https://www.socceroos.com.au/news/

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