Meet the Malta players preparing to face England

From a keeper born a stone's throw from Wembley to a defender on Grays' books a couple of years ago. Domenic Aquilina runs through England's potential opponents on Saturday.

Malta as they lined up against Scotland last month
Malta as they lined up against Scotland last month ©Domenic Aquilina

Andrew Hogg (Hibernians, goalkeeper)
Born in Kingston-upon-Thames, 15km south of Wembley, Hogg's family emigrated to Malta aged five. Once on Bari's books, he returned to Malta this summer after four years in Cyprus and Greece.

Steve Borg (Valletta, right-back)
Another back playing club football in Malta this season after time away, in Borg's case at Aris Limassol in Cyprus. The agile defender re-joined Valletta, where he won three titles between 2009 and 2015.

Andrei Agius (Hibernians, centre-back)
One of the first names on Malta's team sheet, an elegant defender who spent several seasons playing in Italy's third and fourth tiers. Agius joined Hibernians in 2014, winning the title in his first season.

Zach Muscat (Arezzo, centre-back)
One of only two players in Malta's likely line-up based overseas, the 23-year-old Muscat made his mark at Birkirkara before moving to Italy at the start of the year. He plays for Arezzo in Italy's third division.

Highlights: Malta 1-5 Scotland
Highlights: Malta 1-5 Scotland

Joseph Zerafa (Birkirkara, left-back)
A defender, 28, with ten caps under his belt. Zerafa spent a few months in England in 2014/15 at Grays Athletic (seventh tier) and Welling (fifth tier) but returned to Birkirkara after struggling to adapt to his new lifestyle.

Paul Fenech (Balzan, midfielder)
In the form of his career and a key man. Fenech is not the tallest but he is a busy bee, a smart midfielder who made his name at Birkirkara before a surprise move to Balzan a couple of seasons ago. Balzan are early league leaders this term.

Clayton Failla (Hibernians, midfielder)
An important player for Malta. Twice Maltese plater of the year, Failla plays in a deep role, more like a left wing back, and can be very dangerous from dead-ball situations.

Gareth Sciberras (Birkirkara, midfielder)
At 33, Sciberras is the oldest of six 30-somethings in this team but perhaps playing better than ever following a long spell on the sidelines. A real gent, too.

Ryan Scicluna (Birkirkara, midfielder)
On the fringes of the national set-up for a couple of years, Scicluna is a two-time title winner who has started the season like a train.

Three generations of Maltese internationals: André, Salvinu and Eric Schembri
Three generations of Maltese internationals: André, Salvinu and Eric Schembri©Domenic Aquilina

André Schembri (Boavista, playmaker)
The experienced Schembri has played in Germany, Austria, Hungary, Greece, Cyprus and now Portugal since leaving Malta in 2007. The third generation of his family to play for Malta, he joined Boavista this summer.

Alfred Effiong (Balzan, forward)
Nigerian-born Effiong has been in Malta since 2005, and was granted a passport in March 2015. He scored on his home international debut and hit his fourth goal against Scotland last month.

Pietro Ghedin (coach)
The 63-year-old Italian is in his second spell with Malta. He has worked in the Azzurri set-up as assistant to Cesare Maldini, Dino Zoff and Giovanni Trapattoni.

* Jonathan Caruana, Luke Gambin and Roderick Briffa would have been in the running to start against England but are ruled out through injury or suspension.

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