Hagi Wins World Cup Call Up

Sydney FC midfielder Hagi Gligor has been called up to the Qantas Young Socceroos squad for the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

Sydney FC midfielder Hagi Gligor has been called up to the Qantas Young Socceroos squad for the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

The 18 year old has travelled to Turkey with the rest of the squad after Terry Antonis was forced out with a torn quadriceps muscle

Antonis picked up the injury in the first half of Monday-s international friendly against the Junior All Whites in Wollongong.

Scans on Tuesday confirmed the severity of the injury which will keep the Parma bound player sidelined for 5-6 weeks.

Terry's loss is Hagi's gain however and the young Sydneysider believes it's a great opportunity for him.

"I'm very happy to be joining the squad for the Under 20's World Cup and can't wait to get involved," said Gligor.

"It's one of the biggest stages in football for players of our age to showcase their skills and I hope to be able to do that when my chance comes."

Head Coach Paul Okon was very disappointed for Antonis but delighted to be able to call on a talent such as Gligor.

“Unfortunately this injury has ruled Terry out of the squad which is very disappointing for him and the team as he is a very important player and this would have been his second FIFA U-20 World Cup,” said Okon

“We all wish Terry a quick recovery and hope to see him back in training soon.

“I-m confident that Hagi Gligor can step straight into the squad and help us with our campaign,” concluded Okon.

The Qantas Young Socceroos depart for Turkey are currently at a pre-tournament training camp in Antalya where they will play Chile-s U-20 Men-s National team in a friendly on Monday 17 June before beginning their 2013 FIFA U20 World Cup campaign against Colombia in Trabzon on Saturday 22 June.

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