Dimitri Valkanis named on Subway Young Socceroos squad for South American tour


Subway Young Socceroos’ Head Coach, Trevor Morgan has selected a 23-man squad for a tour of South America – taking in fixtures against Uruguay and Chile – during the June FIFA Men’s International Window.

The tour represents the beginning of a busy period of activity for some of the most promising talent from Australia’s U-20 cohort, featuring players from domestic leagues across the world, as well as the Isuzu UTE A-League Men.

Miguel Di Pizio (Central Coast Mariners FC) will arrive in camp off the back of whirlwind few months in club football, which was capped off by an A-League Championship win over the weekend, in which the AC United FC (Football NSW) junior became the youngest goal scorer in men’s National League Grand Final history.

Alexander Badolato (Western Sydney Wanderers FC), Daniel Bennie (Perth Glory FC), Luka Jovanovic (Adelaide United FC) and Thomas Waddingham (Brisbane Roar FC) have been rewarded with selection following strong performances in the Isuzu UTE A-League Men this season.

Max Caputo has also been named from the Isuzu UTE A-League Men, after receiving Melbourne City FC’s Rising Star Award at the conclusion of the 2023/24 season.

Sebastian Esposito (US Lecce) will join his first national team camp since his recent move to Italy, while Louis Agosti (AC Perugia Calcio), Paul Okon-Engstler (S.L Benfica), Anthony Pavlesic (FC Bayern Munich) and Dimitri Valkanis (AEK Athens) have been selected.

The Subway Young Socceroos will assemble in Montevideo to begin preparations for their first fixture with Uruguay on June 5, before relocating to Santiago for back-to-back matches against Chile on June 8 and 11.

Subway Young Socceroos’ Head Coach, Trevor Morgan said the tour would play an important role in the development of his squad.

“As part of our strategy, following on from matches against European opponents late last year, we’re exposing the boys to completely different opposition, playing styles and conditions, some of which they’ll have never experienced before,” Morgan said.

“These types of opportunities are so valuable for the broader education and development of young players, which we’ll reap the benefits of in years to come.

“I’m really excited about the quality we’ve got right across both this squad and the entire age group, selecting only 23 players was difficult, but I feel we’ve got a great balance in this squad as we look at what’s ahead in 2024.”

The Subway Young Socceroos are set to compete in the AFF U-19 Youth Championship to be hosted in Indonesia during July, along with activity scheduled for the September FIFA Men’s International Window before the AFC U-20 Asian Cup 2025™ Qualifiers later that same month.




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