Young Sky Blue and NYL Golden Boot winner, George Blackwood, has earned a late call up to Olyroos squad as he takes the place of fellow Sydney FC star Terry Antonis.
Antonis and Kwame Yeboah have been ruled out of the Olyroos squad for the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U-23 Championship Qualifiers in Chinese Taipei, starting this Friday (27 March 2015).
Blackwood will replace Antonis while Yeboah’s position will be filled by Western Sydney striker Jaushua Sotorio.
The AFC U-23 Championship, which will be played in Qatar in 2016, also doubles as the qualification tournament for the 2016 Olympic Games. The top three (3) ranked teams from the AFC U-23 Championship qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Games Football Tournament.
To progress to the AFC U-23 Championship, the Olyroos need to finish top of Group F in Chinese Taipei or be one of the best five second place teams.
Olyroos squad for AFC U-23 Championship Qualifiers – Group F
Mustafa AMINI – Borussia Dortmund, Germany
George BLACKWOOD – Sydney FC, Australia
Josh BRILLANTE – Empoli, Italy
Corey BROWN – Brisbane Roar, Australia
Cameron BURGESS – Ross County, Scotland
Daniel DE SILVA – Perth Glory, Australia
James DONACHIE – Brisbane Roar, Australia
Jack DUNCAN (gk) – Perth Glory, Australia
Ryan EDWARDS – Reading FC, England
Giancarlo GALLIFUOCO – Swansea FC, England
Scott GALLOWAY – Melbourne Victory, Australia
Jason GERIA – Melbourne Victory, Australia
John HALL (gk) – Adelaide United, Australia
Andrew HOOLE – Newcastle Jets, Australia
Jackson IRVINE – Ross County, Scotland
Aaron LENNOX (gk) – Queens Park Rangers, England
Jamie MACLAREN – Perth Glory, Australia
Connor PAIN – Melbourne Victory, Australia
Brad SMITH – Liverpool, England
Jaushua SOTORIO – Western Sydney Wanderers FC, Australia
Adam TAGGART – Fulham FC, England
Steven UGARKOVIC – NK Osijek, Croatia
Ryan WILLIAMS – Fulham FC, England
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