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Morgan finalises Joeys squad for Brazil 2019

Sydney: Australia’s U-17 head coach Trevor Morgan has named the 21 players that will represent Australia at the forthcoming FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019.

After two years of qualifiers and competitions, domestic camps and international friendlies, Morgan has settled on the Joeys’ squad for the 24-nation tournament to be held in Brazil between October 26 and November 17.

This edition will mark Australia’s 13th participation at the FIFA U-17 World Cup, and the Joeys will contest Group B alongside Ecuador, Hungary, and Nigeria.

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“The players selected represent Australia’s cultural diversity and come from all over the nation,” Morgan said.

“We have selected a squad that has depth, flexibility and a strong culture of doing things to the best of their ability.

“There are some boys who have been part of the journey since 2017, and others who have joined recently bringing new strengths and adding new qualities to our group."

“The level of experience is building with six international matches this year and several boys training with senior players at A-League clubs. This is a positive sign as they prepare for the biggest tournament possible for their age group but also for the longer term to have a career as a senior professional.

“We look forward to the challenges ahead, with confidence in the boys and what they can do to express themselves and represent Australia on the world stage.”

Morgan’s squad will depart Australia – or their respective European clubs – on Monday and will spend 12 days preparing for the tournament in Santiago, Chile.

The Joeys will swap Chile for Brazil on October 19 ahead of their first game of the competition at the Estadio Olimpico in Goiania against Ecuador on October 26.

Asia's other representatives in the Global Finals are Japan, Tajikistan and Korea Republic.

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