National call up for Taggart and Risdon

Perth Glory players Adam Taggart and Josh Risdon were today named in 31-player squad that will go into a two day training camp in Sydney next week (24-25th October 2011).

Perth Glory players Adam Taggart and Josh Risdon were today named in 31-player squad that will go into a two day training camp in Sydney next week (24-25th October 2011).

Qantas Socceroos Head Coach Holger Osieck and Qantas Australian U23s Head Coach Aurelio Vidmar today announced the squad to have a firsthand look at players who have the potential to play for the Qantas Socceroos and Qantas Australian U23s in the future.

“I-m extremely humbled to be called into a camp like this,” Risdon said.

“It-s also exciting to be training with this group of players.”

In a similar vein to the training camp that was held in Germany earlier this year, Osieck is excited about the prospect of working with Australian-based players who may be in line for future selection as part of the Qantas Socceroos.

“The main aim of this camp is to have a closer look at the players that we have been monitoring from within the Hyundai A-League,” said Osieck.

“It is important for us to have a personal look at these players to see if they are potential candidates to join the Qantas Socceroos for our qualification campaign.

“With such a long campaign, we are always looking for more depth to our squad and it-s logical to see if these players from the Hyundai A-League can provide that depth.

“We held a similar camp in Duisburg earlier this year which was very beneficial and we will be looking to have similar camps in the future,” concluded Osieck

With the next AFC Asian Qualifiers for the 2012 London Olympic Games against Iraq and Uzbekistan in late November, Aurelio Vidmar will also be using this opportunity to assess potential additions to his squad.

“We have added a number of players in this camp who are eligible for the Olympic qualifiers that have not been involved in our campaign so far.

“This camp is a good opportunity for us to work with those players to see if they can offer anything different to the current group of players,” concluded Vidmar

The Qantas Australian U23s will travel to Qatar next month to face Iraq in the third round of the 2012 London Olympic Games Asian Qualifiers on the 23rd November. They will then travel back to Australia to face Uzbekistan four days later at Parramatta Stadium.

Potential Qantas Socceroos & Qantas Australian U23s -Training Camp Squad List Sydney Training Camp - 24 & 25 October 2011:

Terry ANTONIS, Aziz BEHICH, Luke BRATTAN, Zenon CARAVELLA, Ivan FRANJIC, Sam GALLAGHER, Eugene GALEKOVIC, Antony GOLEC, Rostyn GRIFFITHS, Ryan GRIFFITHS, Ben HALLORAN, Brendan HAMILL, Jason HOFFMAN, James JEGGO, Ben KANTAROVSKI, Adrian LEIJER, Bradley McDONALD, Tahj MINNIECON, Mitchell NICHOLS, Erik PAARTALU, Dimitri PETRATOS, Joshua RISDON, Joshua ROSE, Mathew RYAN, Milan SUSAK, Matthew SMITH, Adam TAGGART, Michael THEOKLITOS, Archie THOMPSON, Michael THWAITE, David WILLIAMS

Note: To be eligible for the upcoming 2012 London Olympic Games players must be born on or after 1/1/1989