The Malta Under-21 national coach Francesco Macri has finalized his squad of players ahead of the first Slovakia friendly in programme on Friday at the Centenary Stadium, kick-off at 14:00.
The squad has been trimmed from 26 to 22 players as the team has undertaken one final training drill on Thursday afternoon ahead of Friday’s game.
This double header against Slovakia will serve as a valuable test for the Under-21 side ahead of the next competition that gets underway in September with Spain, Belgium, Scotland, Hungary, and Kazakhstan all pitted in Group B with Malta following the draws which were held in Nyon last month.
Photos courtesy of Joe Borg
The squad is made up of:-
Goalkeepers – Reeves Cini (Pieta’ Hotspurs FC), Matthias Debono (Tarxien Rainbows FC).
Central Defenders – Isaac Cutajar (San Ġwann FC), Matthew Ellul (Hibernians FC), Zean Leonardi (Pieta’ Hotspurs FC), Karl Mohnani (Melita FC), Owen Spiteri (Floriana FC), James Vella (Sliema Wanderers FC).
Right Wingback – Alejandro Garzia (Floriana FC), Xylon Portelli (Żurrieq FC).
Left Wingback – Kurt Briffa (Pieta’ Hotspurs FC), Nikolai Micallef (Tarxien Rainbows FC).
Midfielders – Nathan Agius (Mosta FC), Kurt Bondin (Żebbuġ Rangers FC), Matthew Debattista (Melita FC), Gianluca Sciberras (Mosta FC).
Offensive Players – Jake Engerer (Sliema Wanderers FC), Dale Mifsud (Marsaxlokk FC), Matthew Mifsud (Ħamrun Spartans), Jed Valletta (Birkirkara FC), Mattia Veselji (Floriana FC), Andrea Zammit (Valletta FC).