International City: Seven City youngsters assemble for Young Socceroos camp

Melbourne City will have seven representatives in the Young Socceroos training camp that will assemble on the Central Coast ahead of the 2018 AFC U19 Championships in Indonesia this October.

Ante Milicic’s 24-man U19 squad will see Nathaniel Atkinson, Josh Cavallo, James Delianov, Connor Metcalfe, Moudi Najjar, Ramy Najjarine and Dylan Pierias join the side in preparation for the major tournament where they will face Korea Republic, Vietnam and Jordan in the group stages.

City will have the most representatives at the camp and Milicic says the camp will allow him to get a better understanding of the players ahead of the tournament.

“The AFC U19 Championship is a crucial competition for the Young Socceroos,” Milicic said.

“Not only does it act as the Asian Cup for this age group, it also doubles as the qualification process for the 2019 FIFA U20 World Cup™, which will be held in Poland.”

“Australia last qualified for FIFA U20 World Cup in 2013 when the tournament was held in Turkey, and it is certainly our aim to return to that elite tournament in Europe next year.

“But if we are to achieve that goal we must ensure that we make solid progress in our forthcoming camps in Australia, and arrive in Indonesia committed to the challenge that’s ahead of us,” he said.