Andrew Hoole makes Olyroos squad

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4 Dec 2018

CALL-UP: Andrew Hoole playing against Perth last weekend. Picture: Getty ImagesJETS winger Andrew Hoole took another significant step towards the 2016 Rio Olympics when he was named on Wednesday in a 22-man Olyroos squad for an international friendly tournament in China this month.

Australia will play against Brazil, China and Korea Republic between November 14 and 18, which means Hoole will miss Newcastle’s round-five game against champions Brisbane at Hunter Stadium on Friday week.

The 21-year-old Broadmeadow Magic junior made his debut in the A-League in January, 2013, and after just three starting appearances and five off the bench for Newcastle he was rewarded with selection for the young Socceroos.

He has since become a regular in the national youth set-up, featuring in the Olyroos team that reached the quarter-finals of the Asian under-22 championships in January, and Newcastle coach Phil Stubbins hopes the next generation of Emerging Jets will strive to emulate Hoole’s example.

‘‘We’ve got a program in place where we want to see more boys coming through the system,’’ Stubbins said.

‘‘Andrew Hoole is a guy that is going to represent his country and he’s a local, which is fantastic, and we certainly wish him all the best.

‘‘He’s got a great work ethic, as we all know. He’s one of those boys that works very hard and his whole career is in front of him.

‘‘He needs to remain in the moment and stay committed to his training, but he’s certainly got a lot of the boxes ticked to help him go a long way in his career.’’

Olyroos coach Aurelio Vidmar was looking forward to working with the players as he begins preparations for the next Asian under-22 Championship campaign, which will double as the qualification tournament for the 2016 Olympics.

“When the opportunity came up to play three quality matches at this stage of our preparations we had no hesitation in accepting,’’ Vidmar said.

“It has been a while since we have been together as group and I will be using this camp to assess how everyone is progressing.

“This will also be the first time that a number of players have joined the group and it will interesting to see how they fit into the playing style.

“We want to get a positive result from this tournament, but the overall goal is for all players to get used to the playing style that we want to take into the qualification campaign.’’

Hoole and in-form Sydney FC striker Corey Gameiro are among the 12 A-League players chosen in the squad.

It will be the first time the Olyroos have assembled since the Asian Under-22 Championship in January, where they were knocked out in the quarter-finals by Saudi Arabia.

Olyroos squad: Mustafa Amini (Borussia Dortmund), Corey Brown (Brisbane), Cameron Burgess (Fulham), Travis Cooper (VVV Venlo), James Donachie (Brisbane), Jack Duncan (Perth), Ryan Edwards (Reading), Scott Galloway (Melbourne Victory), Giancarlo Gallifuoco (Swansea), Corey Gameiro (Sydney), Jason Geria (Melbourne Victory), John Hall (Adelaide), Andrew Hoole (Newcastle), Jackson Irvine (Ross County), Aaron Lennox (QPR), Jamie MacLaren (Perth), Stefan Mauk (Melbourne City), Connor Pain (Melbourne Victory), Steven Ugarkovic (NK Osijek), Ryan Williams (Barnsley), Riley Woodcock (Perth), Kwame Yeboah (Borussia Monchengladbach)

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