Spurs Aussie upbeat after Young Socceroos start

Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Tom Glover has praised his Australian teammates after the Young Socceroos booked their spot in next year’s Asian Under-19 Championships.

The Young Socceroos qualified for the tournament in Bahrain in October after wins over Laos and the Philippines, and a loss to Japan. The Australian team beat Laos 2-0 and the Philippines 6-0 but were dumped 3-0 by the Japanese.

The Young Socceroos go through to the 2016 Championships after qualifying as one of the best five second-place nations. Glover was one of four overseas-based players in the 23-man squad.

He started in the matches against Laos and Japan, with Bournemouth keeper Jordan Holmes playing against the Philippines.

“It was great experience,” the 17-year old Glover told FourFourTwo.

“The players were top class and performed on the big stage under pressure to do well and to qualify. We played our style of football which got us results.”

Glover admitted the Japan game was a difficult one. Paul Okon’s charges pushed the Japanese before they struck twice just before half-time.

Goals to Takagi Akito and Sakai Daisuke gave the Young Socceroos a mountain to climb in the second half and then Koki Ogawa added the third from the penalty spot to seal the victory.

“It was a tough game but we qualified which was the main thing,” Glover said.

“Japan were a very good, organised team.”

Sydney-born Glover has been with Spurs’ Academy for over a year. After starring for Tottenham’s Under-18s, the former Sutherland Sharks junior has been playing in the Under-21s side this season.

“It has been good, a good challenge,” Glover said.

“Tottenham is going very well. I have been training with the first team which has been a great challenge and experience. It's tough work but it's how I am going to improve and I am pushing myself.”