After Gibraltar manager Jeff Wood announced a 31-man squad, Football Gibraltar got in touch with some of the younger players who made the cut for the games against Liechtenstein, San Roque and Latvia.
The likes of Shaun de los Santos, Dean Torrilla, Dayle Coleing and Ethan Jolley will all be hoping to be involved in any of the matches later in the month. All four of them were understandably happy about their respective call ups;
Manchester 62’s Shaun de los Santos has represented the national team at Under 17 and Under 19 level, and the 18-year old midfielder, talking about his call up, said: “Its an honour for me to be called up to represent my country and I am over the moon! I cant wait to meet up and training alongside my team mates.”
Another younger player in the squad is Dean Torrilla and the Lincoln player, recently getting more involved with the first team: “(It) feels good, especially after having to deal with so many injuries and set backs. “(This) feels like a reward for sticking with it and gives me extra motivation to continue training hard.”
Dayle Coleing is one of four keeper’s in the squad, alongside regulars Jordan Perez and Jamie Robba, as well as the well deserved inclusion of Gib United keeper Kyle “Chino” Goldwin. Coleing will have competition to get game time in the three games, but he is expectedly pleased about this latest call up. “As always, it a privilege and an honour to get called up to represent your country whether it is early or late in any players career.”
Coleing’s inclusion has been questioned by certain sections of the media; this is something that clearly does not bother the young keeper. “I do not pay any attention to unofficial media outlets in all honesty as inclusion into the squad is carried out by Mr Wood and his decision is what matters at the end of the day. What I can promise you is that I will work my socks off to make the final cut.”
Ethan Jolley’s loan spell at Lynx has done the defender wonders and he has been rewarded with another call up to the national team. Jolley spoke about this call up: “It feels good to get called up again to the national side, representing my country is a big responsibility and I feel honoured to be chosen again after being left out of previous matches. I’ve been training hard and putting extra effort on and off the pitch and it’s good to show that it pays off.”
Football Gibraltar would like to thank the four players for taking the time to be interviewed after their call ups and wish all 31 players in the squad the best of luck ahead of the triple header.