National selection for young Sydney stars

Several of Sydney FC’s rising stars have been recognised for their outstanding efforts in the debut season of the National Youth League with junior Sky Blues dominating the Qantas Young Socceroos squad named on Tuesday, ahead of the upcoming FIFA Under-20 World Cup.


Several of Sydney FC-s rising stars have been recognised for their outstanding efforts in the inaugural season of the National Youth League with junior Sky Blues dominating the Qantas Young Socceroos squad named on Tuesday, ahead of the upcoming FIFA Under-20 World Cup.

Five Sydney players have been named in the 25-member national team, including debutants, Rhyan Grant, Kofi Danning and Chris Payne, while former Sydney FC youth team members, now Newcastle Jets, Nik Tsattalios and Sean Rooney have also been selected in the extended squad.

Experienced Young Socceroos, Matthew Jurman and Sam Munro round-out the Sky Blue contingent in the team that will spend four days at the AIS next week for the first in a series of training camps leading up to the Under-20 World Cup later this year.

Next week-s camp will get underway in Canberra on Monday, March 23. The FIFA Under-20 World Cup will be contested by 24-nations, including Australia in Egypt from September 24 to October 16.

Qantas Young Socceroos squad Mark Birighitti - Adelaide United Luke Brattan - Queensland Roar James Brown - Gold Coast United Isaka Cernak - Queensland Roar Kofi Danning - Sydney FC Jason Davidson - Hume City, VPL Luke DeVere - Queensland Roar Nathan Elasi - Melbourne Victory Rhyan Grant - Sydney FC Jason Hoffman - Newcastle Jets Matthew Jurman - Sydney FC Ben Kantarovski - Newcastle Jets Osama Malik - Adelaide United Joshua McVey - Queensland Roar Tahj Minniecon - Queensland Roar Brodie Mooy - Newcastle Jets Sam Munro - Sydney FC Mitch Nichols - Queensland Roar Thomas Oar - Queensland Roar Chris Payne - Sydney FC Andrew Redmayne - Central Coast Mariners Sean Rooney - Newcastle Jets Sebastian Ryall - Melbourne Victory Matthew Theodore - Melbourne Victory Nik Tsattalios - Newcastle Jets