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.
James Troisi – 5′ 11″ winger hoping for first full Australian Cap
Thatâ€™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 itâ€™s hard to imagine Viduka playing for Australia any time soon, when heâ€™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.
Jamesâ€™ contract at Newcastle runs out in the summer, but we fully expect him to stay at the Tyneside club.