The Gibraltar Football Association has today named their initial 28 man squad for the FIFA World Cup Qualifier versus Bosnia and Herzegovina on the 25th March. Gibraltar United, as can be seen below, has seven players named in the squad. Some have been called up regularly before, whereas for others it is a very well deserved call up in the UEFA/FIFA era.
Regulars Chino, Erin, Anthony and Jamie are joined by Pishu, Paul and Jason. We took some time today to canvass some of the players as to their thoughts regarding the call ups.
Paul Podesta was ecstatic considering his recent past with long running injuries which at times questioned his continuity on the pitch. Upon being asked for his thoughts he replied, ‘After being injured for two years and the possibility of never kicking a ball again, just playing football again is an amazing feeling in itself. Being selected for the preliminary squad of my nation; Lost for words!’ Certainly a reward for his immense efforts on and off the pitch.
Fellow newcomer, Jason Pusey, possibly the best in form local center half in the league, had the following to say, ‘Really proud to be called up for the national squad. Never give up and never give in! Hard work dedication!’ Indeed the epitomy of never say die this season, Jason has ably led the Red and White rearguard in the Premier.
Anthony commented that the bonus of international football served as additional motivation to improve, ‘Its a great honour as always and one of the biggest factors which make me want to improve as a player every day. Looking forward to it once again and working everyday to make myself an important player in the squad.’
Another regular in Erin Barnett also commented that, ‘it’s always an honour to be selected to represent my country, and it always feels just as special as the first time!’ thoughts echoed by goalkeeper Chino, ‘Its always an honour to see my name up there with Gibraltar’s best players! Its good to see that one’s hard work and dedication is getting recognised. I would like to thank my family for always supporting me and allowing me to chase my dream of representing my country at international level.’
Jamie Bosio repeated similar sentiments as he told us that, ‘for me each call up is as good as the first. It’s always an honour to be called to represent Gibraltar, which is something that I will never take for granted. I’d like to thank our coaches at Gibraltar United who have helped me throughout the course of the season.’
Gibraltar United is very proud that our players are called up to represent our Nation, A just reward for their hard work in a difficult season and also motivation for other players with aspirations of international football. We wish all our players the best and of course wish the National Team the best of luck.