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Who should make the squad?

Gibraltar’s friendly against Latvia grows ever closer, we take a look at the players interim-head coach Desi Curry should be keeping an eye out. 

Goalkeepers

Gibraltar’s current number one Deren Ibrahim could be overlooked for the game against Latvia, not just cause the goalkeeper has been benched for his sides last three games but Dartford are away to Oxford City on the 24th March (a day before the friendly). 

Jamie Robba is struggling for game-time at St Joseph’s and it may be early for Jordan Perez to make his international return so everything looks in place for Gibraltar United keeper Kyle Goldwin to finally get his chance which has eluded him for so long.


Defenders

Despite losing his spot to Pablo Camacho as Lincoln’s right-back, Jean Carlos Garcia is expected to start for Gibraltar with his team-mate Joseph Chipolina (if fit) on the other flank. The centre-back pairing will most likely change and it should as these friendlies should be a given to other players such as Jason Pusey & Brad Power to gain valuable international experience.

Scott Wiseman, who travels to Scunthorpe on the 24th March, would be an ideal replacement for Roy Chipolina who has missed the last few weeks through injury while Ryan Casciaro will be expected to miss out seeing as the defender has become a bit-part player for Lincoln this season. 

You’d expect Ethan Jolley, Erin Barnett & Jayce Olivero to be with the U21 squad so we may see some new names like Kailan Perez & Jaydan Catania thrown into the mix. 


Midfielders

It is still unsure which formation suits the playing style of Desi Curry so we’ve gone for a three in midfield – two holding & one attacking. 

We aren’t blessed with many great holding midfielders but with the Nations League in a few months time, trying different partnerships is vital in friendlies like Latvia. Jamie Bosio is expected to make the team and others like Tyson Ruiz & Ashley Rodriguez would fit nicely in the role like they do for their clubs or we could possibly see a return for Jack Sergeant. 

In the ‘CAM role’ it would be a battle between Liam Walker and his “expected to-be” predecessor Anthony Hernandez. Anthony is recovering from injury while Walker has struggled all season for game-time so it will be interesting to see which get the nod next Sunday. 

Two players who are deserved of a spot are Graeme Torrilla & Michael Negrette, both have been superb for their respective clubs but they will be needed for the U21’s. 

Other midfielders who are in with a shout are Sykes Garro, Jeremy Lopez, Kevagn Robba and Alain Pons.


Forwards

Lee Casciaro is everyones favourite to lead the line next Sunday with support from his club team-mate George Cabrera. John-Paul Duarte, Mikey Yome & Paul Podesta should all make the squad but they’ll most likely be without Jamie Coombes who again, will be expected to play for the U21’s. 

Adam Priestly is a player who has been spoke about for previous squads but we doubt Desi will reach out to the Ossett Albion striker just yet and same goes to Nathan Santos. 


Conclusion

Like every other squad, we expect it to be very difficult to choose from but all we can hope for is one picked fairly and judged by performances – not names. 


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