Reds youngster called up for Joeys friendlies ahead of FIFA U-17 World Cup


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Australia’s U-17 Men’s National Team Head Coach Trevor Morgan today confirmed the 23 players that have been selected to travel to the United Kingdom in early September to play three important international friendlies ahead of this year’s FIFA U-17 World Cup.

Luis Lawrie-Lattanzio, predominantly of Adelaide United’s Youth Reserves side, has been included in the squad having scored 12 goals in 16 games across all competitions. He also featured in five games with the Young Reds in the National Premier League.

The Joeys – who have been drawn in Group B for the forthcoming FIFA U-17 World Cup in Brazil alongside Ecuador, Hungary, and Nigeria – will play U-17 selections from hosts England, Korea Republic, and Brazil in England on September 6, 8, and 10 (local time) respectively.

The friendly encounters will represent crucial, high-level game time for the group who have recently completed two training camps in Canberra. Like Australia, Korea Republic and Brazil are preparing to compete at this year’s tournament, which will take place from 26 October to 17 November 2019. 

Morgan’s squad consists of 17 players currently aligned with Hyundai A-League clubs, two players contracted to Sydney United 58 in the New South Wales National Premier Leagues (NPL), and four players who are currently plying their trade abroad. 

The Joeys’ overseas-based contingent features Diego Alonso from Albacete Balompie in Spain, Tristan Hammond from Sporting Lisbon in Portugal, Caleb Watts from Southampton FC in England, and attacker Noah Botic who recently joined Hoffenheim in Germany’s Bundesliga from Rockdale City Suns FC in the NSW NPL. 

“I am delighted that we have the opportunity to travel to England to play three important fixtures ahead of this year’s U-17 World Cup,” Morgan said. “We will commence the camp with five days of training at St George’s Park before shifting into match mode for our fixtures against England, Korea Republic, and Brazil.”

“The time together and our games will provide all the players involved with another chance to impress ahead of the final selection for the squad for Brazil, and as a unit we will be seeking to advance our principles of play and perform at a high standard against strong opponents not dissimilar to those we will face at the World Cup.”

“We appreciate the invite from the Football Association to travel to England and also recognise the work that has been done behind the scenes by many people at FFA to bring this development opportunity to life for the group,” he said. 

Australia qualified for this year’s FIFA U-17 World Cup last September when the team reached the semi-finals of the 2018 AFC U-16 Championship held in Malaysia.

The Joeys will be one of Asia’s four representatives at the FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019, with Japan, Korea Republic, and Tajikistan also participating in the prestigious youth football tournament.

Australia’s first FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019 match will take place on Saturday, 26 October against Ecuador at the Estadio Olimpico in Goiania. Morgan’s men will take on Hungary in the same city and stadium three days later, before shifting base to Brasilia (Gama) for the third and final group game against Nigeria at the Estadio Bezerrao on Friday, 1 November 2019. 

The top two teams from each group, plus the four best third-placed teams will advance to the Round of 16. 

Australia U-17 Men’s National Team (‘Joeys’) 23-Player Squad | England Tour – September 2019


Club, Country


Melbourne City FC, Australia


Albacete Balompie, Spain


Western Sydney Wanderers FC, Australia

Nicholas BILOKAPIC (Gk)

Sydney United 58, Australia


TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, Germany


Brisbane Roar FC, Australia


Melbourne City FC, Australia


Melbourne City FC, Australia


Sporting Lisbon, Portugal

Oliver KALAC (Gk)

Western Sydney Wanderers FC, Australia


Melbourne Victory, Australia


Adelaide United, Australia


Sydney FC, Australia


Perth Glory FC, Australia


Sydney FC, Australia


Brisbane Roar FC, Australia


Perth Glory FC, Australia

Michael RUHS

Sydney United 58, Australia

Ahmad TALEB (Gk)

Melbourne City FC, Australia


Sydney FC, Australia


Sydney FC, Australia

Daniel WALSH

Perth Glory FC, Australia


Southampton FC, England

Australia U-17 Men’s National Team (‘Joeys’) | Match Schedule | England Tour – September 2019

England v Australia
Date: Friday, 6 September 2019
Venue: Leicester Road FC, Leicestershire, England
Kick-off: 7.00pm (local) – 4.00am +1 (AEST)

Australia v Korea Republic
Date: Sunday, 8 September 2019
Venue: St. George’s Park, Burton-on-Trent, England
Kick-off: 1.00pm (local) – 10.00pm (AEST)

Australia v Brazil
Date: Tuesday, 10 September 2019
Venue: St. George’s Park, Burton-on-Trent, England
Kick-off: 3.00pm (local) – 12.00am +1 (AEST)

Australia U-17 Men’s National Team (‘Joeys’) | Match Schedule | FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019

Ecuador v Australia
Date: Saturday, 26 October 2019
Venue: Estadio Olympico, Goiania, Brazil
Kick-off: 8:00pm (local) – 10:00am +1 (AEDT)
Broadcast: Live in Australia via SBS and

Australia v Hungary
Date: Tuesday, 29 October 2019
Venue: Estadio Olimpico, Goiania, Brazil
Kick-off: 8.00pm (local) – 10.00am +1 (AEDT)
Broadcast: Live in Australia via SBS and

Australia v Nigeria 
Date: Friday, 1 November 2019
Venue: Estadio Bezerrao, Brasilia (Gama), Brazil
Kick-off: 5.00pm (local) – 7.00am +1 (AEDT)
Broadcast: Live in Australia via SBS and

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