Okon organises Overseas training camp to prepare for AFC Cup qualifiers
Paul Okon has selected a 16 man squad to take part in a London training camp in preparation for the U19 AFC Championship qualifiers.
The squad is made up almost exclusively of young Socceroos who ply their trade in England (Chris Ikonomidis of Lazio being the exception).
The camp will run from 6-9 September, Okon spoke to Football Australia about the opportunities the get together will create.
“There are a large numbers of players eligible for the Young Socceroos playing overseas and to bring them together for a 4 day camp is fantastic.
“In the early stage of this program I have had a chance to look at the Australian-based players and this camp will allow me to broaden the net and see how these players are progressing based overseas.
“I am excited at the prospect of having four days to work with these players and hopefully we are able to identify some that will be part of the program moving forward especially as we have the first stage of the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup Qualifying in October
The squad for the training camp is below
ake Adelson – Everton, England
Thomas Beadling – Sunderland, England
James Demetriou – Nottingham Forest, England
Callum Elder- Leicester City, England
Chris Ikonomidis – SS Lazio, Italy
Kevin Ly – Burnley, England
Jordan Lyden – Aston Villa, England
Peter Makrillos – Stoke City, England
Eoghan Murphy – Sheffield Wednesday, England
Danijel Nizic (gk) – Burnley, England
Conor O’Neill – Middlesbrough, England
Stephen O’Neill – Middlesbrough, England
Callum Richardon – Burnley, England
Hyuga Tanner – Blackburn Rovers, England
Nicholas Tarasenko – Portsmouth, England
Connor Thurston – Blackpool FC, England