Perth’s Michael Thwaite has come into the A-League All Stars squad, in place of Sydney FC’s Sasa Ognenovski, for the clash with Italian Champions Juventus.
Perth Glory defender Michael Thwaite has been called into the A-League All Stars squad for the clash with Italian champions Juventus on Sunday at ANZ Stadium.
He replaces Sydney FC defender Sasa Ognenovski.
Thwaite is the second Perth Glory player to be called into the All Stars’ squad and will join teammate Youssouf Hersi to take on the likes of Italian World Cup winners Andrea Pirlo and Gianluigi Buffon as well as Paul Pogba, recently crowned under-21 player of the tournament from the Brazil World Cup.
The 31-year-old joins Brisbane Roar pair Matt Smith and Jade North as central defenders in Josep Gombau’s All Stars squad, spearheaded by Italian superstar Alessandro Del Piero.
Del Piero and Thwaite both come into camp on Sunday as the squad continues the build-up to the August 10 match.
“Michael Thwaite is another quality player who will help in our goal to represent Australian football and (the) A-League against a top club like Juventus,” said All Stars coach Josep Gombau.
“We have had a very good feeling amongst the players in the camp and I know Michael will give us good energy as well as his capabilities as a defender.”