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The teenage trio set to spark the Socceroos to life

05:10 GMT+3 30/08/2018
Denis Genreau/ Daniel Arzani/ John Iredale
Graham Arnold has included three teenagers in his first squad as Socceroos coach

While the inclusion of Daniel Arzani has come as no surprise in Graham Arnold's first Socceroos squad, the names of two other teenagers has quickly caught the eye. 

John Iredale and Denis Genreau are both 19-year-old attackers in the vein of Arzani and promise to bring with them the same youthful vigour.

After starring off the bench at the World Cup, Arzani underlined what a stale Socceroos attack has been missing with Australia in fact leaving Russia as the only side not to score from open play.

As Arnold promises to begin 'a new phase' for the national team, he has boldly and perhaps wisely turned to a trio of teenagers.

Arzani has gone from strength to strength since breaking through for Melbourne City at the start of year and was ultimately bought by Manchester City before being transferred to Celtic.

Scoring just minutes into his second Socceroos match with an admittedly fortunate strike, Arzani quickly showed what he can bring to the national team with many fans disappointed he didn't earn a start in Russia. 

Fitness remains his one big issue and a two-year spell in Scotland under Brendan Rodgers looms as exactly what he needs to shine to his full potential over 90 minutes.

Though Arzani is now a household name in Australia, Iredale and Genreau have largely gone under the radar but are both just as promising. 

Iredale currently plays in the Netherlands for Heerenveen's U21 side after a standout first season for their U19's team.

Six goals across his first 11 games turned a number of heads and showed why Sydney FC handed him his debut as a 17-year-old in a friendly against Arsenal.

Restricted to just two substitute appearances for the Sky Blues before Heerenveen came calling, Iredale did star for Sydney FC's U20's side scoring 17 goals across just 14 games in the NSW NPL.

Catching the eye of Arnold during his time with the club, he's been on the new Socceroos coach's radar ever since.

"I know the kid well, he has a lot of talent," Arnold said. 

A centre forward by trade, Iredale is strong on the ball and has a real nose for goal as the below strike highlights.

Though more of an attacking midfielder, Genreau also shows plenty of promise in front of goal and has quickly earned himself a starting place in the Eredivisie for PEC Zwolle.

On loan from Melbourne City, where he had his first-team opportunities limited, the 19-year-old hit the ground running in Netherlands scoring a handful of goals in pre-season to force his way into Zwolle's starting 11.

Already with an assist to his name after three Eredivisie appearances, Genreau has shown he can cut it at senior level and looks ready to make his mark for the Socceroos if acrobatic finishes like this are anything to go by.

Born in Paris before his parents returned to Australia after being taken by the country following their honeymoon Down Under, the teenager is clearly determined to make it as a footballer.

"My goal has always been to play professional football," he told The Sydney Morning Herald in 2017. 

"I have always told myself that's the only thing I am going to do with my life. I always believed that I could, but to make the steps I have made as quick as I have, I am very proud of myself. But there's a lot more to achieve."

While Iredale will likely be eased into the national team considering he's yet to play senior football, Genreau is a genuine candidate to breakout in the green and gold. 

Two friendlies in November loom as an ideal chance for him to push his claim, particularly with Matthew Leckie and Tom Rogic both currently under injury clouds.

Whether Arnold will roll the dice so quickly remains to be seen, but his decision to include not one but three teenagers in his first squad is certainly a sight for sore eyes and a step in the right direction.