Woods names Under-21 squad for Belgium clash, Slovakia friendly

Malta Under-21 coach Ivan Woods announced his 23-man squad for the March 2024 international window, a clash with Belgium away from home and a friendly match at home against Slovakia.

Malta plays Belgium at Den Dreef on Thursday, hosting Slovakia on Monday at the Tony Bezzina Stadium.

The team is still chasing its first points in Group B, suffering defeats to Spain, Hungary, Belgium, Scotland and Kazakhstan but the team showed considerable improvement, especially in the last two matches against Scotland and Kazakhstan.

In the 23-man squad selected by coach Woods, one notable addition is that of Australia-based player Dylan Scicluna who plays for Western Sydney Wanderers.

Other foreign-based players in the squad are Jake Micallef who plays for Leixoes in Portugal and Basil Tuma who plays for Reading.

Malta Under-21 squad:-

Goalkeepers – Reeves Cini (Pieta’ Hotspurs FC), Mattias Debono (Naxxar Lions FC), Hugo Sacco (Hibernians FC).

Defenders – Matthew Ellul (Żabbar SP), Zean Leonardi (Pieta’ Hotspurs FC), Owen Spiteri (Floriana FC), Jake Vassallo (Mosta FC), Jake Micallef (Leixoes FC).

Right Wingbacks – Aleandro Garzia (Floriana FC), Karl Mohnani (Melita FC).

Left Wingbacks – Nikolai Micallef (Naxxar Lions FC), Kurt Briffa (Pieta’ Hotspurs FC).

Midfielders – Kurt Bondin (Żebbuġ Rangers FC), Andrew Borg (Gżira United FC), Dylan Scicluna (Western Sydney Wanderers FC), Matthew Debattista (Melita FC), Daniel Letherby (Santa Lucia FC), Gianluca Sciberras (Mosta FC).

Offensive Players – Mattia Veselji (Floriana FC), Andrea Zammit (Birkirkara FC), Jake Engerer (Sliema Wanderers FC), Basil Tuma (Reading FC), Brooklyn Borg (Gżira United FC).