Midfielder called up by Australian National team!
After an excellent start to his Barnsley career, midfielder Kenny Dougall has been selected to represent Australia later this month.
Graham Arnold’s first squad as Caltex Socceroos boss will provide numerous uncapped and emerging players with the chance to grow and impress in Australia’s senior men’s national team set-up alongside many of the green and gold’s experienced international representatives.
Arnold said he’s eager to spend time with the players both on and off the pitch in Antalya as the group commences working towards the forthcoming FIFA match windows (October and November), as well as the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 which kicks off in the United Arab Emirates in January.
“Next week’s camp in Turkey marks the start of a new phase for the Socceroos,” said Arnold. “While we will have numerous field, tactical, and video sessions during the seven days that we are together in Turkey, we will also spend plenty of time off the pitch discussing our individual and team objectives and identity.
“As an organisation we’ve made the decision to take this camp close to the bulk of the players involved. This will lighten the travel load on the majority of the group, ensuring that they arrive in camp and back at their clubs as fresh as possible."
The Caltex Socceroos will play an international friendly match in the Middle East in October, before returning to home soil in November for two international friendly fixtures.
The first match under Arnold in Australia will be played on Saturday, 17 November against Korea Republic at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.