Malta was drawn with Spain, Russia, Slovakia, Northern Ireland and Lithuania in Group C of the 2023 UEFA European Under-21 Championship which was held on Thursday.
The Malta Under-21 team, now led by Gilbert Agius, will therefore meet two of this year’s finalists – Spain and Russia.
The groups will be played between March 2021 and June 2022.
The nine group winners and the best runner-up (not counting results against sixth-placed teams) will qualify directly for the final tournament.
The other eight runners-up will play off for the remaining four finals berths in September 2022.
2021-23 Under-21 EURO qualifying draw
Group A: Croatia*, Austria, Norway, Finland, Azerbaijan, Estonia
Group B: Germany*, Poland, Israel, Hungary*, Latvia, San Marino
Group C: Spain*, Russia*, Slovakia, Northern Ireland, Lithuania, Malta
Group D: Portugal*, Greece, Iceland*, Belarus, Cyprus, Liechtenstein
Group E: Netherlands*, Switzerland*, Bulgaria, Wales, Moldova, Gibraltar
Group F: Italy*, Sweden, Republic of Ireland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Luxembourg
Group G: England*, Czech Republic*, Slovenia*, Albania, Kosovo, Andorra
Group H: France*, Serbia, Ukraine, North Macedonia, Faroe Islands, Armenia
Group I: Denmark*, Belgium, Turkey, Scotland, Kazakhstan