John Koutroumbis from Newcastle Jets FC, Tass Mourdoukoutas from Western Sydney Wanderers FC and Nicholas Sorras from Sydney Olympic have all been named in the Olyroos squad for two upcoming friendlies in Sydney.
All three Greek Australians, along with 24 other players, will participate in Australia’s U-23 men’s national football team training camp in Sydney over the next nine days.
The entirely domestic-based selection features eleven players from the squad that helped Australia qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in January this year, when Australia secured third place at the AFC U-23 Championship in Thailand.
While in camp, the Australia U-23 selection will play two friendly fixtures against A-League clubs –
- The first against Sydney FC on Thursday, 12 November 2020 (kick-off 7:00pm AEDT) at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium in Kogarah.
- The second on Tuesday, 17 November 2020 against the competition’s newest club, Macarthur FC (kick-off 3:00pm AEDT) at the same venue.
The team’s Head Coach, Graham Arnold, said players arrived in Sydney with a spring in their step.
“After a year of little national team activity, the players arrived yesterday eager to be back in camp and to resume the journey to Tokyo,” Arnold said.
“This group of players – and the many more we are monitoring in Australia and overseas – have the opportunity to be part of a special period in Olyroos history as we work towards Tokyo.
“The next nine days and the forthcoming A-League season represents a fresh start and a great opportunity for all players to push their case for Olyroos selection in Tokyo.”
A limited number of tickets (due to COVID-19 protocols) will be available for the first fixture between Australia U-23 and Sydney FC, with tickets on sale now via Ticketek.
Full team list can be found here.