Central Coast’s Hutchinson selected in Malta squad

Central Coast Mariners midfielder John Hutchinson has been called up for the Malta national team for upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

Central Coast Mariners midfielder John Hutchinson has been called up for the Malta national team for upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

The Australian-born Hutchinson is of Maltese heritage so is eligible to represent the island nation who called on him for this month’s clashes with Czech Republic and Sweden.

"I’m delighted to have been given this opportunity by the Maltese FA and their coach Dusan Fitzel and I’m really looking forward to what is a fantastic opportunity and a great challenge in new and exciting surrounds," said Hutchinson.

"I’m a very proud Australian and will always be, though I am equally as proud of my Maltese heritage and will wear the jersey of Malta with the pride, honour and respect that it deserves."

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