John Roberts gets call up to Australian under-17s side for Youth Championship in Cambodia

Former Mount Druitt Town Ranger John Roberts has been called up to the Australian under-16s side for a tournament in Cambodia this month.
Former Mount Druitt Town Ranger John Roberts has been called up to the Australian under-16s side for a tournament in Cambodia this month.

FORMER Mount Druitt Town Rangers player John Roberts has this week been called up for an Australian youth side.

Roberts was one of 23 players selected for the Joeys under-17s side which will travel to Cambodia for the AFF U-16 Youth Championships.

Big things are expected of the 16-year-old, who now plays for the FFA Centre of Excellence.

The tournament begins on July 10 and features teams from South East Asian countries. Australia’s first match will be against Myanmar in Phnom Penh on the opening day of the tournament.

Mount Druitt Town Rangers took to Facebook to congratulate Roberts on his selection.

“Mt Druitt Town Rangers would like to congratulate John Roberts on being selected to represent Australia in the upcoming Asean Football Federation U16 international tournament,” the statement said.

“John is well known to all at Rangers, where John first played club representative football in our under-13s, 14s and 15s and 16s teams.

“John we are all very proud of your achievements to date but keep working hard and success will continue to come your way. Good luck in Cambodia!”

John Roberts lines up for the Joeys before their 1-1 draw with Myanmar.

John Roberts lines up for the Joeys before their 1-1 draw with Myanmar.

FFA technical director Peter Roo said coach Aurelia Vidmar will use the tournament to implement the style of play the squad has been working on in recent months.

This tournament is a great opportunity to test ourselves and our playing style against Asian opposition,” he said.

“We want to take a good look at our players and where they are at as well as those that are not in our environment.”

The Joeys were held to a 1-1 draw with Myanmar in their opening match. Roberts started upfront for the Joeys and also captained the side.

  • The AFF U-16 Youth Championships will run from July 10 to July 23.