Under 21 coach Gilbert Agius has selected a squad of 30 players ahead of the double header against Lithuania and Slovakia, both to be played away. The squad will take part in a training camp here in Malta before travelling as part of the Under 21 national team’s commitments in the Group C in the UEFA European U21 Championship 2023. The list will be trimmed down to 23 later on next week.
Coach Agius has introduced a number of new faces to the list. Pietà trio Samuel Okoh, Jake Ghio and Sheldon Mizzi were given the thumbs up for the first time, together with Joshua Micallef of Luqa St Andrews and Larens Vella of Rabat Ajax.
Malta has played two games so far in this Group C adventure, including a superb win in September on home soil against Northern Ireland (4-1). They were heavely defeated in their second game that was played in Russia (6-0).
Malta plays against Lithuania on the 8th of October at 17:30hrs (local time) and four days after against Slovakia on the 12th of October at 16:30hrs (local time).
Dylan Ciappara (Mosta FC), Rashed Al-Tumi (Nocerina), Matthias Debono (Hamrun Spartans), Cain Formosa (San Gwann), Amara Sylla (Birkirkara)
Ismael Borg (Sirens FC), Matthew Ellul (Hibernians), Christian Gauci (Valletta), Karl Mohnani (Melita), Samuel Okoh (Pieta Hotspur), Owen Spiteri (Floriana), Carlo Zammit Lonardelli (Sirens)
Ayrton Attard (Hibernians), Jean Paul Attard (San Gwann), Adam Bradshaw (Balzan), Aleandro Garzia (Floriana), Jake Ghio (Pieta Hotspur), Marcus Grima (Balzan), Liam McKay (Santa Lucia), Sheldon Mizzi (Pieta Hotspur), Bradley Sciberras (Floriana), Andreas Vella (Santa Lucia)
Jamie Carbone (Santa Lucia), Victor Degiorgio (Maryville Saints), Jake Engerer (Sliema Wanderers), Sebastian Grech (Sliema Wanderers), Joshua Micallef (Luqa St Andrews), Jamie Sixsmith (St Andrews), Mattia Veselji (Floriana), Larens Vella (Rabat Ajax)