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Makenzie's call for Malta double header

24th May 2022

Makenzie Kirk has been called up to the Northern Ireland Under-19s squad for two friendlies against Malta. 

Gerard Lyttle's squad travel to Malta to play the country twice in preparation for Northern Ireland's Euro qualifiers in the Autumn. 

The first match is on Wednesday 8 June and again on Friday 10 June. Both games are due to be staged at the Malta Football Association training complex in Ta’ Qali, with kick-off at 20.30 local time (19.30 UK time).

Makenzie keeps his place in the squad after being called up for Northern Ireland's Football Federations Cup campaign in Spain back in March, as he looks to cap off a fine season at academy level that also saw him make his Hearts debut against Ross County in April. 

The 2022-23 UEFA European Under-19 Championship qualifying round will run from 21 to 27 September and 16 to 23 November, with 13 groups beginning the road to the eight-team finals, which are being held in Malta next year.

Northern Ireland have been drawn in Group 13 along with Netherlands (hosts), Slovenia and Moldova. Their games in the qualifying round are scheduled to be staged from 21 to 27 September.