Three Wanderers named in Australian U-18 squad to face some of Europe’s best

Football Australia continues its focus on national youth team programs, when it sends an under-18 men’s squad to compete in a four nations tournament in Portugal next month.

With the Subway Young Socceroos agonisingly missing out on FIFA U-20 World Cup qualification on a penalty shootout at the 2023 AFC U-20 Asian Cup in March, Australia’s U-20 Head Coach Trevor Morgan has selected a 20-strong squad of players born in 2005 to contest the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) Portugal Sub-18 International Tournament.

The FPF Portugal Sub-18 will be played in Lisbon from 5 – 15 June and features U-18 national team squads representing England, Portugal, and Norway along with Australia in a round-robin format.

Head Coach Trevor Morgan said this tournament presents the chance for our next crop of prospective Subway Young Socceroos to experience high quality international football.

“It’s important we continue to provide opportunities for our best emerging talent to gain exposure to international competition as we look ahead to the next under-20 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign which will commence in 2024,” Morgan explained.

Trevor Morgan

“This invitational tournament in Portugal will see those selected play matches against three of Europe’s leading nations at both youth and senior level, which is the type of competition we are seeking to develop the generation of Socceroos.

“I’m extremely grateful for the ongoing support of the Football Australia Board and Executive to make this possible for these young players,” concluded Morgan.

Australia’s matches against both England (11 June) and Norway (13 June) will be played at the Cidade do Futebol complex and against Portugal (9 June) at Sports Complex Real Sport Clube.


Alexander BADOLATOMidfielderWestern Sydney Wanderers FCSylvania Heights FC / Football NSW
Max CAPUTOAttackerMelbourne City FCEssendon Royals SC / Football VIC
Frans DELIMidfielderWestern Sydney Wanderers FCFairfield Hotspurs FC / Football NSW
Emin DURAKOVICMidfielderMelbourne City FCPort Melbourne Sharks SC / Football VIC
Sebastian ESPOSITODefenderMelbourne City FCBrunswick City SC / Football VIC
Jaden GASKINGMidfielderBoavista Futebol ClubeBexley North Bombers FC / Football NSW
Steven HALLGoalkeeperAdelaide United FCPara Hills Junior SC / Football SA
Joshua INSERRADefenderMelbourne Victory FCFawkner SC / Football VIC
Luka JOVANOVICAttackerAdelaide United FCFk Beograd / Football SA
Franco LINODefenderMelbourne Victory FCPakenham United FC / Football VIC
Matteo MAZZONEAttackerVFL WolfsburgUSI Lupo Martini Wolfsburg (Germany)
Max MIDDLEBYDefenderCentral Coast Mariners FCValentine FC / Football NNSW
Christian NAVEENAttackerTSV 1860 MunichSpring Hill Stallions FC / Football VIC
Paul OKON-ENGSTLERMidfielderS.L. BenficaMarconi Stallions FC / Football NSW
Alexander ROBINSONGoalkeeperMacarthur Bulls FCMt Druitt Town Rangers FC / Football NSW
Zane SCHREIBERMidfielderSydney FCBomaderry SC / Football NSW
Harrison SHILLINGTONDefenderMelbourne City FCNorthcote City FC / Football VIC
Dimitri VALKANISDefenderAek Athens FCNorth Eastern MetroStars SC / Football SA
Rhys YOULLEYMidfielderMacarthur Bulls FCMarconi Stallions FC / Football NSW
Marcus YOUNISMidfielderWestern Sydney Wanderers FCNorth Rocks SC / Football NSW