National team boss Ray Farrugia is set to announce his Malta squad by the end of next week ahead of the side’s UEFA European Championship Qualifying campaign.

Malta will face the Faroe Island and then Spain in their opening games, the Reds are also joined by Sweden, Norway and Romania in Group F.

One player yet to make his debut for Malta is defender Joe Ellul who currently plays for ISPS Handa New Zealand Premiership side Tasman United.

The 30-year-old is eligible to present Malta through his Grandad and has previously been linked to a call up during his time with Billericay.

“I have spoken to the manager and a few reporters over the last year and I have also been in contact with the manager more recently over the last few months,” explained Ellul.

“I think I am quite close to a call-up but it is down to the manager to pick the best available squad. I just hope I am in the squad to help as much as I can.”

Malta will play the Faroe Islands and Spain in their Euro 2020 Qualifying Campaign.
(Photo by Tullio Puglia – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

Ellul joined Tasman United from National League side Braintree Town in January.

The defender discussed his recent move New Zealand explaining how he was keen to experience playing abroad.

“Life in New Zealand is beautiful and a bit different from what I was used to in London but I’ve finally adapted to it,” said the 30-year-old.

“I spoke to someone about a possible move abroad and thought why not give it a go, and here I am now.

“The football out here isn’t as physical as what I was used to in England but it is still very technical, I’m enjoying playing in a different culture.”

Joe Ellul during his time at Billericay Town in the Bostik League Premier Division.
(Photo by Kieran Galvin/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Ellul featured for East Thurrock, Billericay and Braintree in the Non-League system before moving to Tasman United.

The defender discussed his desire to one day return to the National league: “The Non-League system is something I have always been involved with.

“It’s something I love and I would love to go back one day and play again, especially for clubs as big as Braintree and Billericay.”

Ellul recently took to Twitter to express his desire to represent Malta at the end of the month.

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