National coach Pietro Ghedin and Malta Under-21 national coach Ray Farrugia named the provisional squads ahead of next Tuesday’s friendly matches against San Marino and Liechtenstein respectively.
The senior side takes on San Marino at the Stadio Olimpico in Serravalle, San Marino while the Under-21 side hosts Liechtenstein at the Hibernians Stadium.
Pietro Ghedin’s squad includes no less than five uncapped players – Alex Cini of Mosta, Ryan Camilleri of Hibernians, John Mintoff of Sliema Wanderers together with Adam Smeir and Julian Galea from newly-promoted clubs Rabat Ajax and Melita.
Missing from the squad are Birkirkara’s Joseph Zerafa and Hibernians defender Clayton Failla.
The players in the squad are:
goalkeepers Andrew Hogg (Enosis Neon Paralimini), Henry Bonello (Sliema), Justin Haber (Mosta) and Reuben Gauci (Birkirkara);
defenders Alex Cini (Mosta), Alex Muscat (Sliema), Andrei Agius (Latina), Edward Herrera (Hibs), Ian Azzopardi (Valletta), Luke Dimech (unattached), Roderick Briffa (Valletta), Ryan Camilleri (Hibs), Steve Borg (Valletta);
midfielders Dyson Falzon (Valletta), Edmond Agius (Valletta), Gareth Sciberras (Birkirkara), John Mintoff (Sliema), Paul Fenech (Birkirkara), Ryan Fenech (Valletta), Shaun Bajada (Valletta);
forwards Adam Smeir (Rabat), Andre Schembri (unattached), Andrew Cohen (Hibs), Cleavon Frendo (Pietà), Daniel Bogdanovic (Mosta), Etienne Barbara (Vancouver Whitecaps), Julian Galea (Melita), Michael Mifsud (Valletta).
The Under-21 squad selected by Ray Farrugia is made up of:
goalkeepers Daniel Balzan (Hibs), Steve Sultana (Qormi);
defenders Ferdinando Apap (Mosta), Ryan Camenzuli (Birkirkara), Yessous Camilleri (Balzan), Matthew Gauci (Qormi), Luca Martinelli (Sliema), Zach Muscat (Birkirkara);
midfielders Clyde Borg (Floriana), Bjorn Kristensen (Hibs), Rowen Muscat (Birkirkara), Jurgen Pisani (Pietà), Mark Scerri (Sliema), Ryan Scicluna (Birkirkara);
forwards Darren Falzon (Naxxar), Jean Paul Farrugia (Hibs), Lydon Micallef (Vittoriosa), Steve Pisani (Hibs), Terence Vella (Hamrun).
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