After losing 0-2 to Northern Ireland on Friday, the Malta Under-21 national team will be in action once again as they face a very strong Romania side in another match from Group 8 of the UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying round at the Centenary Stadium on Tuesday, kick-off at 18:00.
Prior to Tuesday’s showdown with Romania, coach Vella still have some doubts about the starting line-up with three players doubtful. However, the return of four players who were part of the senior squad who are still eligible for the U-21 team is a welcome boost for this side.
Goalkeeper Andreas Vella, Jean Borg, Shaun Dimech and Paul Mbong, who were all part of the senior Malta squad for the UEFA Nations League matches against Faroe Islands and Latvia, are back in the U-21 fold for the game on Tuesday.
Romania are a strong side, having just beaten Finland 3-1 away over the weekend and, along with Denmark, are pushing for top place in this Group 8. They underlined their potential last year, progressing to the semi-finals in the final phase of last UEFA Under-21 Championship, played in 2019 in Italy.