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Tuesday 31 July Updated Thursday 19 February

Tombides gets Australia call

West Ham United first-year scholar Taylor Tombides has been named in the Australia squad for the Saudi Arabia Under-16 International Friendly Tournament.

Midfielder Tombides - the younger brother of Hammers striker Dylan - has jetted out to join up with his Joeys team-mates ahead of the competition, which will be played in the city of Taif from 3-7 August.

Just 16, the younger Tombides will hope to help the nation of his birth to qualify for the FIFA Under-17 World Cup - the same tournament that his older brother played and scored in for Australia in 2011.

In Saudi Arabia, the Joeys will face the host nation in their first match of the tournament on Friday 3 August, then Morocco on Sunday 5 August before meeting China in their last match on Tuesday 7 August.

Later in August, the Joeys will head to South America for an altitude training camp in the South American country of Bolivia, where they will play five friendly matches against quality local opposition ahead of the 2012 AFC Under-16 Championship in Iran in September.

Tombides scored nine goals in five qualifying matches, including five in a 10-0 victory over Guam, as Australia qualified for the tournament in Thailand last November.

The Joeys have been drawn in Group B at the finals alongside Iraq, Oman and Thailand. The top two teams from each group will progress to the knockout stages.

The four winners of the quarter-finals will then play in the semi-finals with the winners advancing to the final. The semi-finalists will also automatically qualify for the FIFA U-17 World Cup, which will be held in United Arab Emirates in late 2013.

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