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With an eye on a place in the 2013 Fifa Under-20 World Cup, Australia have selected its 23-man squad to take on Asia's best in the UAE

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Paul Okon has named his Young Socceroos squad for the AFC Under-19 Championship in the United Arab Emirates in November.

The former Australia international has spread his net wide in his selection of 23 players, naming 10 based overseas for the tournament.

Reaching the semi-finals is the first target for the Young Socceroos, with the final four automatically qualifying for the 2013 Fifa Under-20 World Cup in Turkey.

The squad gathers in the UAE this weekend, and will warm up for the tournament with a friendly against South Korea on Tuesday.

Drawn in Group D, the Young Socceroos take on Qatar on November 4, Syria on November 6 and Saudi Arabia on November 8.

Okon is confident he had the right personnel at his disposal: "We had a thorough process in selecting this squad with everyone having an opportunity to show themselves through training and match situations," he said via statement. 

"There is a good mix of local and overseas-based players, and there were plenty of tough decisions that had to be made when settling on the final group.

"… Whilst we know it will be a difficult challenge, I am confident that we have a strong-enough squad to progress from the group stage to the quarter-finals which will then come down to that one important game for us to perform in to qualify for the World Cup."

Full squad: Terry Antonis [Sydney FC], Mustafa Amini [Borussia Dortmund], Joshua Brillante [Newcastle Jets], Corey Brown [Brisbane Roar], Reece Caira [Western Sydney Wanderers], Connor Chapman [Newcastle Jets], Travis Cooper [VVV Venlo], Jack Duncan [GK, Newcastle Jets], Ryan Edwards [Reading], Corey Gameiro [FC Eindhoven], Ben Garuccio [Melbourne Heart], Jason Geria [Brisbane Roar], Curtis Good [Newcastle United], Jackson Irvine [Celtic], Paul Izzo [GK, Adelaide United], Liam Jacob [GK, Oldham Athletic], Tom King [Bristol City], Jamie Maclaren [Blackburn Rovers], Hayden Morton [Central Coast Mariners], Mitchell Oxborrow [Newcastle Jets], Adam Taggart [Newcastle Jets], David Vrankovic [Melbourne Heart], Ryan Williams [Fulham].

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