National coach Pietro Ghedin named a twenty-man squad ahead of the friendly match against Estonia and the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Scotland. Malta plays a friendly match against Estonia at the Pärnu Rannastaadion in Pärnu, Estonia on Wednesday 31st August and then hosts Scotland in the first match from the European Qualifiers on Sunday 4th September.
Andrew Hogg, Steve Borg, Joseph Zerafa, Ryan Scicluna and Andre Schembri are back after missing the last two friendly matches against the Czech Republic and Austria last May but Justin Haber, Rowen Muscat, Steve Pisani do not feature in the squad. Haber is fresh from a move to his old club Floriana while Rowen Muscat is yet to sign for a club after a spell with Pavia in Italy. On the other hand, Steve Pisani was left on the bench in Floriana’s first league game.
Cain Attard, Ryan Camenzuli and Llywelyn Cremona, who were also part of the squad, will be playing for the Malta Under-21 national team in the qualifier against Belgium.
The players selected by Ghedin are:
goalkeepers Andrew Hogg (Hibernians FC), Henry Bonello (Valletta FC)
defenders Andrei Agius (Hibernians FC), Jonathan Caruana (Valletta FC), Zach Muscat (Arezzo FC), Steve Borg (Valletta FC), Ryan Camilleri (Valletta FC), Clifford Gatt Baldacchino (Gzira Utd FC), Joseph Zerafa (Birkirkara FC), Clayton Failla (Hibernians FC)
midfielders Paul Fenech (Balzan FC), Roderick Briffa (Valletta FC), Gareth Sciberras (Birkirkara FC), Bjorn Kristensen (Hibernians FC), Luke Gambin (Barnet FC), Ryan Scicluna (Birkirkara FC)
forwards Andre’ Schembri (Boavista FC), Alfred Effiong (Balzan FC), Michael Mifsud (Valletta FC), Jean Paul Farrugia (Sliema Wanderers FC)
Go Gareth! Go Bjorn! Go Malta!
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