Although the main focus may have been on the senior national team this week, Malta’s under 21 side were also in action during the international break.

Yesterday saw the under 21’s beat Moldova 3-2, their second consecutive win in a week following a 1-0 victory against Latvia.

Matthew Calleja Cremona is enjoying life as part of the Maltese U21 youth setup.

After a public outburst from André Schembri against the Maltese Football Association, the future looks bright for the country who’s football system is often referred to as “corrupt.”

There is a selection of young talent coming up through the ranks including, Joseph Mbong, Jurgen Degabriele and Ryan Camenzuli. 

One player who also regularly features within the under 21 squad is Pembroke Athleta’s Matthew Calleja Cremona.

Cremona has returned to the club where he started his career following his departure from Maltese powerhouse Floriana, a move which will help the goalkeeper fulfil his quest for first team football.

Matthew Calleja Cremona has left Floriana.

The talented goalkeeper spoke exclusively to ElWriteBack about his experience with the under 21’s saying, “The national team has always been my main source of inspiration as it is the dream for every football player to play for his country.

“Being part of this U21 squad is a massive boost to my morale as it is a huge honour to be part of this fantastic squad where we reached a new national record of 11 points.”

Cremona went on to comment on the nation’s two consecutive victories, “These two wins have inspired the country with a winning mentality and we have shown that there is lots of local talent on this island.

“As mentioned before, we have reached a national record of 11 points in the UEFA qualifying round and this group of players will keep on being mentioned for the unity and teamwork we had throughout this campaign.”

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Charlie Russell (left) and Matthew Calleja Cremona during his time at Floriana (right)

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