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Arnold sets title target as head coach names Australia squad


Sydney: Australia announced their squad for the AFC U23 Championship Thailand 2020 on Monday, with head coach Graham Arnold targeting the title.

Australia’s U23 men’s national team for next month’s tournament will feature 14 players representing 8 A-League clubs, with nine members of Graham Arnold’s squad set to arrive in Southeast Asia from overseas-based teams.

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The green and gold will play an international friendly against Korea Republic in Malaysia’s capital on Friday, before traveling to Bangkok on Saturday where Group A games against Iraq, Thailand, and Bahrain await.

The top three teams at the AFC U23 Championship Thailand 2020 will join Japan as Asia’s representatives in the men’s football competition at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Arnold said he was happy with the final make-up of the squad.

"To finalise the 23 players for this tournament was no simple task – we had over 50 players on our radar for this tournament, so we will arrive in Thailand with a strong squad and one that I believe will represent Australia well.

"Our target in Thailand is to become the U23 champions of Asia, and we know if we can achieve that further opportunities will come the team’s way in 2020.”


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