Troisi Hoping For First Full Australian Cap


Newcastle United 19 year old winger James Troisi has been included in the full Australia squad for their World Cup Qualifier in China later this month.

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James Troisi – 5′ 11″ winger hoping for first full Australian Cap

That’s the good news for another one of our talented youngsters, and it will be an opportunity for James to add to the two caps he already has for the Olyroos, the Australia Under-23 squad.

Australia plays China in Kunming on March 26 and Troisi has been named in a provisional 21-man group.

Australia’s Dutch coach Pim Verbeek had already ruled out calling up Newcastle striker Mark Viduka for the squad. But it’s hard to imagine Viduka playing for Australia any time soon, when he’s played so little for Newcastle this season, due to persistent but niggly little injuries.

Australia got off to a good start in their 2010 World Cup qualifying campaign with a good 3-0 win over Qatar last month.

James was born in Adelaide on July, 1988 with an Italian father and Greek mother, and he signed for Newcastle in the summer of 2005. He made his Reserve team debut against Everton on 23 January 2006 and in 2006/07 was a regular in then manager Lee Clark’s Reserve side.

Troisi made his debut for the Australia Under-23 squad (Olyroos) on 18th April 2007 against Saudi Arabia in an Olympic qualifier, and followed that with a good performance against Iran, where he scored his first goal in the important clash, in his hometown of Adelaide.

James’ contract at Newcastle runs out in the summer, but we fully expect him to stay at the Tyneside club.

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29 comments so far

  • ScottyT

    Mar 13, 2008 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #1

    not really seen much of him needs a chance to prove himself like most our youngsters

    maybes he could chllenge milner for a rm slot in a few years if hes any good but not really sure bout him atm think hes pacy though which is a good start lol would expect lua lua to be brought through before him mind

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  • Irish_al

    Mar 13, 2008 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #2

    I don’t think he’s made his full australian debut, he was in the last provisional squad but didn’t make the cut

    Olympic qualifiers would be caps for U23’s, not sure if they count or not, anyone know for sure???

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  • Ed Harrison

    Mar 13, 2008 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #3

    Irish-Al – I hadn’t thought he made his Australian debut but they are saying he has 2 caps – will investigate further. It’s on various sites.

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  • Ed Harrison

    Mar 13, 2008 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #4

    I’m wrong – it’s just 2 Under-21 caps – whoops – will correct – quickly.
    Thanks.
    Now I know Olyrros means Under-21s as contrasted to Socceroos

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  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 13, 2008 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #5

    Olyroos is under 23 ed

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  • Irish_al

    Mar 13, 2008 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #6

    Hi Ed, Thanks for taking a look at that, i thought i’d question it through curiosity, which site did you source the story from? was it nufc.co.uk?

    The lads that run nufc.com normally take pride in highlighting their mistakes

    Keep up the good work, enjoying reading the stories and comments

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  • Irish_al

    Mar 13, 2008 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #7

    How to quantify caps for olympic games is a bit tricky, the squad comprises of U23’s plus three senior players, i assume even the seniors players appearances don’t count as full caps

    That’s my homework for tonight then

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  • CRAIGG

    Mar 13, 2008 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #8

    Is it only me who thinks owen is totally extracting the urine

    Ive just been flicking round the channels and on beeb 1 it was showing shearer doing his bike ride from toon to london and up above theyve showed owen mincing about in his helicopter without a care in the world.
    Maybe someone could remind his to get his overpaid arse on the training ground and get his buddies to keep this club in the fookin league.

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  • Gloryhunter

    Mar 13, 2008 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #9

    Craigg, I’m with you 100% on this one. Everything I read about Owen, everything I hear him say and everything I see him do on TV is embarressing.

    I remember him playing for Livererpool and scoring three against us at our place, I actually stood up and applauded his hat-trick. I have never applauded him since!

    Owen is a shocking example of a captain, a shocking example of a NUFC player, and a shocking example of a working man.

    KK is only putting up with him so he can get a decent fee for him at the end of the season.

    Pleased I got that off my chest.

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  • ronaldeano

    Mar 13, 2008 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #10

    I wish i had Owen’s money!

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  • Gloryhunter

    Mar 13, 2008 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #11

    Playing with his chopper on the Beeb. Whatever next? Blue Peter? 🙂

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  • ronaldeano

    Mar 13, 2008 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #12

    Wouldent mind a shot of that helecopter either!

    The lucky rich bastard!!!

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  • belfast toon

    Mar 13, 2008 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #13

    hopefully he will do the same as KK did and leave on the feckin thing useless dwarf like mercenary

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  • Charlie Bucket

    Mar 13, 2008 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #14

    Would be nice to see Troisi or Lua Lua cover for Milner while he is out for next three weeks.

    But something tells me we will see Geremi on the right wing instead.

    Sad times indeed.

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  • belfast toon

    Mar 13, 2008 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #15

    did ne one see geremi play in the african nations he was gr8 but he can’t produce for the toon why is this

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  • CJ

    Mar 13, 2008 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #16

    Geremi has not got the pace to play on the wing and if he loses possesion like he seems to do for us and not for Cameroon Mcsheffry will leave him for dead and leave Beye badly exposed al day long.

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  • CRAIGG

    Mar 13, 2008 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #17

    Gloryhunter agree with everything other than not applauding him since that match.

    I did when he scored that hat trick in munich in the 5-1 over germany and the matches at West Brom and West Ham he scored 2 against the baggies and a hat trick against the spammers
    and was unluckily injured after and never kept his form going.

    I like Owen and he would stay for me, but he doesnt help himself by annoying us fans with doing stuff like that tonight KK probably will sell him even if we stay up.

    If we stay up I think KK will want a big strong pacey team team like Pompey have done so well with maybe something like this:

    Given
    Beye Faye Dunne Bridge
    Barnes Carrick Arshavin Downing
    Ashton Cisse

    Subs: Harper, Taylor, Milner, N’Zogbia, Martins

    7 of the 11 are over 6 foot

    Some real target men for some of Downings fine crosses, Carrick Passing ability and Arshavins Tricky dribbling and Barnes is a better player out wide than central.
    A solid back four two massive Dominant Centre backs with full backs who are good attacking as well as defensively.
    Ashton as the out and out target man, good hold up play, Good in the air and decent passing and vision with Cisse running off him and moving wide and playing on the last man.

    I think KK will Also keep Ramage, Enrique, Emre, Carroll, Butt and sadly Smith, Maybe Diatta if he impresses.

    He will Flog the other losers like Carr, Cacapa, Rozenhal, Barton, Viduka, Ameobi, Geremi, Duff and give some of these brilliant youngsters a chance FFS.

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  • CJ

    Mar 13, 2008 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #18

    Belfast Toon it is prob the slower pace of the game in the ANC and shiter quality of player’s.

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  • CJ

    Mar 13, 2008 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #19

    No way is Downing a better player than Zog i would have Zog all day long and i have heard a lot of people talking about Arshavin and what i have seen he look’s a good player but not seen him much. Cisse is a player last season i would have said no way i would want him playing for the Toon but this season he has been unreal scoring a lot of goals and some amazing goals and prob only cost around 6-9 mil and i think would be a great signing and get rid of Viduka for a start.

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  • scott9

    Mar 13, 2008 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #20

    craig u would have barnes over milner im not sure about that and but cj i do think downing is beter than zog not by much but i think his deliveries make him a better winger

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  • scott9

    Mar 13, 2008 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #21

    i would be ahppy with cisse next season though

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  • CRAIGG

    Mar 13, 2008 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #22

    I prefer Downing his crosses are fantastic with either foot, He is great from set pieces and shooting wise is great with either foot, I love Zog and Milner to bits but they waste to many great opportunities to cross the ball by hitting the first man, over do dribbling the ball and lose possesion a lot and Waste too many Set pieces.

    Zoggy wants to leave if we stay up anyway.

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  • CRAIGG

    Mar 13, 2008 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #23

    scott i was using Barnes as an example of the height that needs to be added to the squad i would Start Milner most matches.

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  • CJ

    Mar 13, 2008 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #24

    Zog has a decent delivery if played in the right possition getting down the wing i agree Downing has the better cross i would prefer to keep Zog if he want’s to stay and the Boro fans are buzzing that Downing has signed a new contract which most prob has a get out clause. I think Downing or any player that is playing for a club who could possibly be relgated goes to show how much of a greedy bastard they must be talking about a new contract.

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  • CJ

    Mar 13, 2008 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #25

    Agree we definately need height and power in the team.

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  • CRAIGG

    Mar 13, 2008 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #26

    Zog and Milner have decent delivery just they are inconsistant with theyre accuracy, Downing has signed a new contract but i think Boro instigated it to stop spurs trying to bid for him. Dont you think we could alternate Downing and Zog against differing opponents or even move Zog inside and play both

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  • CRAIGG

    Mar 13, 2008 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #27

    Cj i think with Strikers like Ashton and Cisse,
    Milners and Zoggys crossing would improve as they are much easier to pick out than Martins and Owen

    Trying to pick out Smith in the box is a task that Stanley Matthews or David Beckham would fail.

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  • richie

    Mar 13, 2008 at 11:58 PM

    Comment #28

    craigg, completly agree with the height issue, also like the look of the proposed signings, id keep barton tho

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  • Leo

    Mar 14, 2008 at 12:24 AM

    Comment #29

    yep again craigg i agree with you, milner and nzogbia’s crosses would be much improved if they had taller players to target… i wonder what our average height in our team is. i bet its below 5.10″ which is short, i think im short and im 5.11 and a half haha

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