After Tuesday’s announcement of the Gibraltar squads for the Faroe Islands and Estonia friendlies, four players have withdrawn from the selection.
Goalkeeper Kevin De Los Santos, midfielder’s Tyson Ruiz and Liam Clarke, as well as striker George Cabrera, have all pulled out from the squad. Whilst Ruiz and Clarke have withdrawn due to injury, and Cabrera for personal reason, De Los Santos has taken the extra step of asking that he isn’t considered for future Gibraltar squads. The Manchester 62 keeper, who was part of Gibraltar’s 2007 Island Games winning squad, came out of retirement last year, and is widely considered to be one of Gibraltar’s best ever goalkeepers. Despite this though, he has only been a third choice keeper in the last couple of squads, which may have forced his hand to essentially retire from international duty.
As a result of this, midfielder’s Daniel Duarte and Anthony Hernandez, of Lincoln and Cadiz CF respectively, alongside Lincoln striker John Paul Duarte have been promoted to the main squad. Whilst both Duarte’s were in the squad for the Estonia anyway, 19 year old Hernandez was on standy for both games. The Cadiz youth midfielder scored in the 3-0 victory against the Faroe Islands back in 2011, on what was his debut as a 16 year old.