On-loan Melbourne City midfielder Denis Genreau has been selected in Graham Arnold’s first Socceroos training camp that will assemble in Turkey during the first week of September.
The 19-year-old who is currently playing in the Dutch Eredivisie with John van’t Schip’s PEC Zwolle joins former City players Daniel Arzani, Aaron Mooy and Aziz Behich in the squad in what will be Arnold’s first squad as Socceroos boss.
The camp 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 31 players we have invited to Antalya will be the first to receive an opportunity to work with us, however we have a long list of players that we are monitoring and we will continue to assess them as we seek to add to the depth of the team,” he said.
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.