Gray Surman has announced his first international squad, ahead of Austria’s U19 Friendlies at home to Moldova and Malta next weekend, with the country’s media has responding warmly to the 23-man selection, saying that there were no great surprises and they look forward to seeing how he experiments with tactics and personnel.
Surman made seven changes to the most recent squad that was called-up for the 1-1 draw against France a fortnight ago, losing Jakob Hochleitner (ankle) and Marcel Probst (achilles) to injury, as well as being unable to call upon Florian Heinrich and Gerald Jüllich who received call-ups to the U21 squad.
Left-back Johann Hofer and striker Wolfgang Maak have both received their first international call-ups, and Surman indicates that he will endeavour to see as many players in action as possible during the two matches. The squad will meet-up on Tuesday in Linz.
Of the 23-man squad, 17 play their club football in Austria, with five playing in Germany, and midfielder Oliver Markoutz currently plays at Empoli (on loan from Catania) in Italy. One players has moved in the current transfer window, Sebastian Dittrich is now getting 2.Bundesliga football at Heidenheim on loan from Rapid Vienna.
GK Lucas Bundschuh - GK Bernd Eckert SK Rapid Wien GK Steffen Gutzeit SK Rapid Wien DR Moritz Gimpl Red Bull Salzburg DL Johann Hofer FK Austria Wien DR Florian Madlymayr Fortuna Köln (GER) DL Harald Nindl Red Bull Salzburg DC Marco Oberst Red Bull Salzburg DR Benjamin Rosenberger Red Bull Salzburg DR Armin Samitsch SK Rapid Wien DC René Schröder Red Bull Salzburg DL Dominik Winkler FK Austria Wien DM Stefan Bergmeister Red Bull Salzburg MC Andreas Bogner Red Bull Salzburg AC Arlind Hamzaj Stuttgarter Kickers (GER) AC Jonas Littmann SK Rapid Wien AL Oliver Markoutz Empoli (ITA) AR Jonathan Scherzer 1860 Munich (GER) DM Manuel Waltl Red Bull Salzburg ST Marian Berger FK Austria Wien ST Sebastian Dittrich Heidenheim (GER) ST Wolfgang Maak Red Bull Salzburg ST Michael Rauth Kaiserslautern (GER)