With Gibraltar set to face Bosnia at the end of the month, Football Gibraltar takes a look at five players who potentially could earn a call-up to Jeff Wood’s 23-man squad for the World Cup Qualifier.
John Paul Duarte
Having not been called up since the friendlies last March, JP Duarte has fired his way back into contention with 10 goals in the league this season to help St Joseph’s up to third place. With Europa League football potentially on the horizon for Saints, they’ll need Duarte to keep his form up, which in turn will make it likely he adds to his nine caps for the national team since 2013.
Another St Joseph’s player, albeit only joining recently, Robba was battling alongside Jordan Perez for the number 1 shirt with the national team. A lot has changed recently though with Perez, himself a St Joseph’s keeper for most of this season, taking a break from football and Robba, after a spell on the bench at National League side Torquay, lost his space in the national squad as Deren Ibrahim burst onto the national scene. Perez’s self-enforced break should mean Robba returns to the national fold.
One of three potential new additions to the side, Jolley has excelled in recent weeks for Mons Calpe, aided no doubt by having his father, Terrence, as coach at the newly-promoted side. With Jeff Wood having a habit of promoting young talent, the centre-back could earn a call up.
Another centre-back in this list, Pusey has had a good season in a Gibraltar United side who despite their position have conceded far fewer goals than some of the teams around them. The 28-year-old, formerly on Atletico Madrid’s C team as a youngster and involved in Gibraltar team’s during the pre-UEFA years, could potentially earn himself a call-up to the squad for the game against Bosnia later in the month.
Torrilla’s inclusion in the national team would be a wildcard option for Wood, but the Lions midfielder has shown a lot of promise and ability this season, playing in 18 of the 19 fixtures this season since his transfer from Red Imps. Only 19, it would be a big step up for Torrilla and while a competitive debut may not be as likely as some of the others, inclusion in the 23-man squad is a serious possibility for a player who we can expect to see involved in the U21 squads later this year.