Under-21 side hosts Spain on Friday

The Malta Under-21 national team plays the first match from Group B of the UEFA Under-21 Championship, hosting Spain at the Tony Bezzina Stadium, kick-off at 20:45.

For this game, new Malta Under-21 coach Ivan Woods included several players from the Under-19 side fresh from their UEFA Under-19 Championships commitments, namely Hugo Sacco, Mattias Ellul, Jake Vassallo, Jake Micallef, Andy Borg, Benjamin Hili, Basil Tuma and Brooklyn Borg.

There are four foreign-based players in the squad – goalkeeper Hugo Sacco who plays with Eastern New Mexico University, Jake Micallef representing Portuguese side Boavista, Basil Tuma the young talented forward at Reading in League One in England, together with Andrea Zammit, a young and promising forward who has just embarked and signed a contract to play with Sicilian side ACR Messina, competing in the Italian Serie C  in this upcoming domestic campaign.

Malta plays its second game on Tuesday against Hungary, kick-off at 17:45.

Malta Under-21 squad:-

Goalkeepers – Reeves Cini (Pieta’ Hotspurs), Matthias Debono (Naxxar Lions), Hugo Sacco (Eastern New Mexico University).

Defenders – Matthew Ellul (Żabbar SP), Zean Leonardi (Pieta’ Hotspurs FC), Mattias Ellul (Santa Lucia FC), Owen Spiteri (Floriana FC), Jake Vassallo (Mosta FC), Karl Mohnani (Melita FC).

Midfielders – Jake Micallef (Boavista FC), Kurt Bondin (Żebbuġ Rangers FC), Andy Borg (Gżira United FC), Gianluca Sciberras (Mosta FC), Aleadro Garzia (Floriana FC), Benjamin Hili (Balzan FC), Nikolai Micallef (Naxxar Lions FC).

Offensive Players – Jamie Carbone (Santa Lucia FC), Basil Tuma (Reading FC), Mattia Veselji (Floriana FC), Andrea Zammit (ACR Messina), Jake Engerer (Sliema Wanderers FC), Brooklyn Borg (Gżira United FC).