The New Zealand U-20s international setup, coached by ex-Phoenix Coach Des Buckingham, will hold a training camp this week before the final squad selection is made ahead of the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Poland, in early May.
Wellington Phoenix has a strong contingent of players heading to the camp with Benjamin Waine, Gianni Stensness, Tacettin Kumsuz, Willem Ebbinge and Zac Jones, all in contention.
The Wellington Phoenix players attending the camp could join up with eligible teammates and professionals player, Callan Elliot, Liberato Cacace and Sarpreet Singh. All three are unavailable to attend the camp due to club commitments in the Hyundai A-League.
As part of the final training camp, a wider squad of 33 players will be brought together before the final selections are made ahead of one remaining training camp at the end of this month.
Wellington Phoenix General Manager, David Dome, is hopeful of a very strong club presence at the tournament later this year.
“The talent we have at New Zealand’s disposal is a testament to the continued hard work of our Academy and the pathway that is being set through to our first team setup.
“Callan Elliot, Gianni Stensness and Ben Waine have all made their Hyundai A-League debuts in recent weeks, which goes to show the belief we have in our younger players.
“We‘re very hopeful that we can provide a strong core of players that head to the FIFA U-20 World Cup.”
The final squad will assemble in Poland in early May, spending two weeks in camp before their opening clash with Honduras on 24 May.
Wellington Phoenix Players Attending U-20s Training Camp