The Central Coast Mariners’ John Roberts and Dylan Ruiz-Diaz have been confirmed as part of the Young Socceroos’ squad that will contest the 2020 AFC Under 19 Championship Qualifiers.
As part of Australia’s Young Socceroos, the pair travelled to Taipei on November 3, ahead of their three Group H qualification matches for the 2020 AFC U-19 Championship.
Young Socceroos’ Head Coach, Gary van Egmond, had an extended squad at a training camp on the Gold Coast in the week leading up to the flyout, however he’s now finalised his 23-player roster for the Roos’ upcoming matches against Laos, Macau and Chinese Taipei in Kaohsiung over the next seven days, with Roberts and Ruiz-Dias both making the cut.
Australia can qualify for the 16 nation 2020 AFC U-19 Championship, which will be hosted next October in Uzbekistan, by winning their group or by finishing as one of the four best second place sides across Asia’s 11 qualification groups.
The 2020 AFC U-19 Championship will serve as the qualification process for the FIFA U-20 World Cup Indonesia 2021.
Ben O’Neil, Football Federation Australia