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).


McKay left out of Socceroos squad

Australia v Netherlands: Group B - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

Matt McKay has been omitted from the final 23 players for Ange Postecoglou’s Socceroos squad for the upcoming World Cup Qualifiers against Iraq and United Arab Emirates.

McKay was named in the provisional 30 man squad last week but was amongst seven players left out of the final squad today by the former Brisbane Roar boss.

McKay joins Chris Ikonomidis, Ryan Edwards, Nathan Burns, Awer Mabil, Craig Goodwin and Alex Gersbach in being left out of the final 23.

Today’s news means that the Brisbane captain will be available for next weekends home clash with Melbourne Victory, who will be without James Troisi, Besart Berisha, Jai Ingham and Marco Rojas due to the international window.

McKay, who has 59 caps for the Socceroos since making his debut back in August 2006 now seems unlikely to add to his tally.

Brisbane’s only loss over the window is Dane Ingham who has been selected in the New Zealand squad for their games against Fiji.

Socceroos squad for World Cup Qualifiers against Iraq and United Arab Emirates
Mitch Langerak, Matt Ryan, Danny Vukovic.
Defenders- Aziz Behich, Milos Degenek, Rhyan Grant, Trent Sainsbury, Brad Smith,  Rhys Williams, Bailey Wright.
Midfielders- Mustafa Amini, Jackson Irvine, Mile Jedinak, James Jeggo, Massimo Luongo, Riley McGree, Mark Milligan, Aaron Mooy, James Troisi.
Forwards- Tim Cahill, Tomi Juric, Robbie Kruse, Matthew Leckie.

Dane Ingham called up to New Zealand WCQ squad


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Young Brisbane full-back Dane Ingham has today been included in New Zealand’s upcoming 2018 World Cup Qualifiers against Fiji later this month.

The inclusion caps a meteoric rise for the 17 year old, who spent much of the season getting accustomed to his new role at right full-back after shifting back from the front third towards the end of the 2016 NPL Queensland season.

Ingham then capitalised on Brisbane’s congested fixture schedule by joining his older brother Jai in making his professional debut for the Roar in the 6-0 Asian Champions League qualifier against Global FC.

Ingham has gone on to make five appearances all up for the Roar so far this season, including making his A-League debut in round 19 against Melbourne City, before scoring his first professional goal the following week against Perth Glory.

While defensively Ingham has been on a steep learning curve in his new position, the youngster has shown the ability to get forward and provide an option on the overlap which culminated in his goal against Perth.

Dane is joined by his older brother and former Brisbane winger Jai in the All-Whites squad, with manager Anthony Hudson excited to add the duo to his squad ahead.

The duo now stand a chance at being involved in a big year for the All Whites, who will participate in the Confederations Cup in June before trying to qualify for the World Cup later in the year.

“Recently when Dane made his debut for the Roar, for me 20 – 30 minutes into the game and I was sold. I had seen enough. He is a really good player. I have said all along that I wouldn’t be adding unless they add to the squad and these two players do that. I have seen enough to know that they can come in and improve what we are doing.”- Anthony Hudson, NZ Manager.

You can read more and listen to an interview about there selection on the New Zealand Football Website here.

It’s  been a busy week for Ingham, who changed agents earlier in the week.

With Ingham called up to the All Whites squad, he will miss the round 24 clash against Melbourne Victory who in turn will be without four players for the game.

Ingham joins Matt McKay in being called up for international football in the coming weeks, with club captain McKay a strong chance to participate in Australia’s upcoming World Cup Qualifiers.

Matt McKay named in Socceroos Squad

Australia v Netherlands: Group B - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

Brisbane captain Matt McKay has been named in a 30 man Socceroos squad for the upcoming 2018 World Cup Qualifiers against Iraq and United Arab Emirates.

McKay, now 34 has been left out of the previous squads by Ange Postecoglou and will now get the chance to add to his 59 caps for Australia with his last arriving in the 2-1 loss to England back in May.

As club captain, McKay has made 25 appearances so far this season, with his performances in the midfield making him still an important part of the team.

If selected in the final 23, McKay will miss the Round 24 home game against Melbourne Victory which will further test Brisbane’s depth.

Australia find themselves in a difficult position in Group B, concluding the first half of the fixtures in 3rd place, one point behind Japan and group leader Saudi Arabia. With three of their final five games at home they will however remain confident of qualifying for a fourth successive World Cup.

It’s a massive year for the National Team with an appearance in the Confederations Cup in June adding to a busy year for Ange Postecoglou’s side.

There are a number of potential debutants in the current selection with Sydney FC duo Danny Vukovic and Rhyan Grant in line for a debut after strong form with the league leaders.

Mustafa Amini (Aarhus), Ryan Edwards (Partik Thistle), James Jeggo (Sturm Graz), Awer Mabil (Esjberg) and Adelaide United teenager Riley McGree could also find themselves making their debut after being named in the squad

30 man Socceroos squad
Goalkeepers- Mitchell Langerak (FC Ingolstadt), Matt Ryan (RKC Genk), Danny Vukovic (Sydney FC).

Aziz Behich (Bursaspor), Milos Degenek (Yokohama F Marinos), Alex Gersbach (Rosenborg), Rhyan Grant (Sydney FC), Trent Sainsbury (Inter Milan), Brad Smith (AFC Bournemouth), Rhys Williams (Perth Glory), Bailey Wright (Bristol City).

Mustafa Amini (Aarhus), Ryan Edwards (Partik Thistle), Craig Goodwin (Sparta Rotterdam), Chris Ikonomidis (Aarhus), Jackson Irvine (Burton Albion), Mile Jedinak (Aston Villa), James Jeggo (Sturm Graz), Massimo Luongo (QPR), Riley McGree (Adelaide United), Matt McKay (Brisbane Roar), Mark Milligan (Baniyas), Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield Town), James Troisi (Melbourne Victory).

Forwards- Nathan Burns (FC Tokyo), Tim Cahill (Melbourne City), Tomi Juric (FC Luzern), Robbie Kruse (Liaoning Whowin), Awer Mabil (Esbjerg).

Australia will play Iraq in neutral Tehran on March 23rd before returning to Australia to take on UAE in Sydney five days later. The squad will be trimmed from 30 down to 23 after this weekends fixtures.



4 named in Matildas squad

Four members of Brisbane’s W-League squad have been named by Matildas boss Alen Stajcic for the upcoming Algarve Cup campaign.

Defender and Brisbane captain Clare Polkinghorne, goalkeeper Mackenzie Arnold, midfielder Katrina Gorry and striker Emily Gielnik were all named in the 21 player squad, with four players left out from the 25 player training camp earlier this week in Canberra.

The upcoming Algarve Cup is the first time that the National Team has played since the Olympic Games ¼ final loss on penalties to Brazil last year.

The Algarve Cup is an annual international football tournament held in Portugal and is considered one of the most important tournaments in the women’s game.

This years edition takes place from March 1-8 with Australia drawn to play against Sweden -01/03-, Netherlands -03/03- and China -06/03-as part of Group C.

Matildas Squad for 2017 Algarve Cup
Goalkeepers- Mackenzie Arnold, Lydia Williams
Defenders- Teigen Allen, Stephanie Catley, Ellie Carpenter, Emma Checker, Amy Harrison , Clare Polkinghorne, Alanna Kennedy, Gema Simon.
Midfielders- Alex Chidiac, Katrina Gorry, Elise Kellond Knight, Emily van Egmond, Chloe Logarzo.
Forwards- Lisa De Vanna, Caitlin Foord, Emily Gielnik, Sam Kerr, Hayley Raso, Kyah Simon.

5 named in Young Socceroos squad

Five players from the Young Roar set-up have today been named in the Young Socceroos squad for an upcoming training camp.

Goalkeeper Macklin Freke, full-back Dane Ingham, defender Aaron Reardon, midfielder Adam Sawyer and winger Daniel Leck were all named as part of the squad.

Im not sure what tournament the team are preparing for, with the Young Socceroos failing to qualify for this years u-20 World Cup in South Korea and the qualifying for the 2019 edition not set to get underway until 2018.

The only player named in Ufuk Talay’s 24 player squad with experience in the A-League is Melbourne City midfielder Dennis Genreau, with the rest all still awaiting their chance at the top level.

From a Brisbane perspective, of the five players named in this squad only Dane Ingham figures to be in any sort of contention for a first team debut, with the other four overlooked for the recently named ACL squad.

Brisbane’s five players in the squad is the equal most, with recently crowned NYL Champions Melbourne City also having five players in the squad. Each of the 10 teams in the NYL have at least one representative in the 24 player group.

The camp will however rule Ingham out of next weeks trip to China should Brisbane win their playoff against Global FC tonight, although it was always unlikely that he would feature in that game.

You can see the full squad here.

Rowles selected for Aus-23 training camp

Australia v Germany: Group C - FIFA U-17 World Cup Chile 2015

Brisbane defender Kye Rowles has been selected in the Australian u-23 squad, which is the first stage of preparation for the 2018 u-23 Asian Cup which will be held in China.

Joining Kye Rowles in the squad are two former Brisbane players in defender Lachlan Jackson and midfielder Devante Clut.

The training camp, due to take place at the end of the month on the Central Coast, will keep Rowles out of contention for the AFC Champions League qualifier against either Global FC or Tampines Rovers.

This training camp comes at the worst possible time for the Roar, with five games in 14 days coming up for John Aloisi’ squad. Things could have been worse for the Roar however, with the expected call-up of Brandon Borrello failing to materialise.

The camp is the first step of preparations for Josep Gombau’ u-23 side on the road to the 2018 AFC u-23 Championships, with qualifying for the tournament set to get underway in July. The tournament itself is scheduled for January 2018.

Olyroos training camp squad

Goalkeepers- Paul Izzo, Daniel Margush, Jordan Thurtell.

Defenders- Jonathan Aspropotamitis, Nick Cowburn, Scott Galloway, Ben Garuccio, Lachlan Jackson, Kye Rowles, Ruon Tongyik.

Midfielders- Daniel Arzani, Keanu Baccus, Adam Berry, Devante Clut, Bruce Kamau, Abraham Majok, Riley McGree, Jordan O’Doherty, Liam Rose, Mario Shabow, Brandon Wilson, Liam Youlley.

Forwards- George Blackwood, Trent Buhagiar, Jaushua Sotirio.