Malta Football Association
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Malta arrive in Stockholm ahead of Sweden qualifier
Jun 6, 2019
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The Malta squad touched down in Stockholm on Wednesday night ahead of the Euro 2020 Group F qualifier against Sweden at the Friends Arena on Friday evening.
 


National coach Ray Farrugia finalised the 23-man squad after Tuesday’s training session with captain Michael Mifsud missing the trip as he is recovering from a minor injury.

 

The members of the Malta squad have been training for a number of weeks in preparation for the difficult qualifiers against Sweden and Romania this coming Monday.

 

Winger Luke Gambin, who turned out for Crawley Town last season, is pleased to be back in the Malta squad after a long absence due to injury.

 

“First of all I’m happy to be back,” Gambin said.

 

“The atmosphere is great. A lot of young, new players are coming into the team and mix with the older and more experienced players. It’s been really enoyable in training.

 

“We’ve worked hard and we’re looking forward to the upcoming fixtures.”

 

Gambin is taking heart from Malta’s performances in their opening two qualifiers, especially the 2-1 victory over the Faroe Islands.

 

“I’m positive,” he said.

 

“I watched the last two games with my father and I was impressed. The team did well in both fixtures... the win against Faroe Islands and the Spain game.

 

“I’m confident that if we stick together and we all work hard we can get a good result.”

 

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Joseph Mbong also spoke positively about Malta’s preparations.

 

“We’re working really well with the coaches, both physically and tactically,” the Hibernians wing-back said.

 

“There is a very nice atmosphere in the squad. Everyone is ready for the coming matches and I believe that, with the support of the fans, we can gain positive results.”

 

Goalkeeper Henry Bonello believes that Malta can build on the heartening performances in their opening qualifiers against Faroe Islands and Spain in March.

 

“After the Faroe Islands’ game, we started to believe more that we are capable of obtaining a positive result,” the Valletta goalkeeper said.

 

“This mindset was also reflected in the Spain match where, collectively, we had a good match.”

 

Meanwhile, Malta coach Ray Farrugia will be addressing the pre-match press conference this evening (Thursday) followed by the official training session at the Friends Arena in Solna.
 

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