Borrello, Caletti named in Australian u-23 squad

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Brisbane Roar duo Joe Caletti and Brandon Borrello have been rewarded for their performances in the A-League this season by being included in Josep Gombau’s plans for the upcoming AFC u-23 Championship qualifiers in July.

Borrello, 21, has found himself in the Australian u-23 set-up in the past for training camps ahead of the 2016 Olympic qualifiers and finds himself back in the mix after another strong season in the A-League.

With nine goals from 32 appearances in all competitions so far this season, Borrello is Brisbane’s second top goalscorer and will be one of the key attacking contributors in this squad throughout the qualifiers.

While Borrello started the season in the first team, it’s been a meteoric rise for Caletti, who began the season as part of the Young Roar side which came close to making the NYL Grand Final, before making his debut for the first team in the ACL qualifier against Global FC.

All up the young midfielder made 15 appearances for the Roar at the back end of the season becoming a key rotational player in the heart of midfield, particularly when captain Matt McKay went down with a knee injury.

The upcoming qualifiers mark the first step on the road to the 2018 AFC u-23 Championships in China, with the top placed side in each group, in addition to the best 5 second placed sides joining the hosts in the final tournament in January next year.

Australia will travel to Myanmar in Group F to take on the hosts, Singapore and Brunei for a spot in the final tournament.

Josep Gombau’s side will begin their qualifiers with a game against Brunei on July 19, before playing Singapore on July 21st before rounding out the competition with a game against host nation Myanmar on July 23.

The majority of the squad plays domestically in the A-League, however it has been bolstered by three European based players with Bournemouth keeper Jordan Holmes, Tottenham keeper Thomas Glover and PSV Eindhoven defender Thomas Deng also included.

Borrello and Caletti join Dane Ingham in participating in youth international tournaments over the coming weeks, with Dane Ingham named in the New Zealand preliminary squad for the u-20 World Cup and is expected to make the final cut.

Australian u-23 training camp squad
Goalkeepers- Thomas Glover (Tottenham Hotspur), Jordan Holmes (AFC Bournemouth), Paul Izzo (Adelaide United), Daniel Margush (Adelaide United).

Defenders- Jonathan Aspropotamitis (Western Sydney Wanderers), Nick Cowburn (Newcastle Jets), Thomas Deng (PSV Eindhoven), Scott Galloway (Central Coast Mariners), Ben Garuccio (Adelaide United), Lachlan Jackson (Newcastle Jets), Liam Rose (Central Coast Mariners), Ruon Tongyik (Melbourne City).

Midfielders- Daniel Arzani (Melbourne City), Adam Berry (Central Coast Mariners), Joe Caletti (Brisbane Roar), Devante Clut (Newcastle Jets), Riley McGree (Adelaide United), Jordan O’Doherty (Adelaide United), Brandon Wilson (Perth Glory).

Forwards– George Blackwood (Sydney FC), Brandon Borrello (Brisbane Roar), Trent Buhagiar (Central Coast Mariners), Lachlan Scott (Western Sydney Wanderers), Jaushua Sotirio (Western Sydney Wanderers).

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