Morgan struggles to choose starting eleven for Brazil

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Joeys’ coach Trevor Morgan is struggling to choose a starting 11 ahead of the upcoming FIFA U17 World Cup in Brazil.

The Joeys are currently in Chile as they prepare for the World Cup at a training camp in Santiago but Morgan said the way the group was playing and training together was making it hard for him to decide on a starting 11.

“I think every coach thinks certain players are more suited to certain matches and we have tried to pick a squad with diversity but the level of training for the last six days has been very competitive and some people are really pushing hard to put themselves up the pecking order,” he said.

“At the moment I am not decided, although like I said you do have certain players that will suit a match better than others.”

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This comes after a successful six months for the Joeys, playing matches in Europe and taking on high profile opposition including England, South Korea, Brazil and Turkey.

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“Everyone is excited, they’re looking forward to it. We recently arrived in Chile to start training in a foreign country to get ready for the tournament. I think the boys are really motivated to do well,”  he said

“Those matches gave the boys a lot of confidence going into these matches at World Cup level, but they should just believe in themselves and set high standards that they’re more than up to the level.”

Morgan said he had been really pleased with the professionalism shown by the group and had every bit of belief his squad could make a mark on the world stage.

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“You see your players in action against some of the best teams in the world and you see excellent moments as well as mistakes. You seem to have no fear in those matches, then that gives you belief,” he said.

“Also when we put a challenge to the boys whether it be on or off the pitch of things we want done and how we want to improve they show a tremendous capacity for driving themselves to do it and that obviously gives me and my staff a lot of confidence and belief in the boys.”

The Joeys World Cup campaign kicks off on Saturday, October 26 (10am Sunday, October 27 AEDT) at the Estadio Olimpico in Goiania.

All Joeys fixtures will be broadcast live via SBS and theworldgame.sbs.com.au.

Feature image credit: Brook Mitchell

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