Liechtenstein have announced an 18-man squad for their forthcoming international
Liechtenstein have announced an 18-man squad for their forthcoming international with England at Old Trafford and TheFA.com is here to bring you all the news of it.
Since England and Liechtenstein last met in the Rheinpark stadium in Vaduz on 29th March, Austrian Walter Hörmann has temporarily replaced Ralf Loose as their coach for the team's final three Euro 2004 qualifiers.
With five matches having been played to date, Liechtenstein are currently propping up Group Seven with only one solitary point to their name having conceded 15 goals and scored just two in the process. Consequently, the Principality has no chance of qualifying for next summer's European Championships in Portugal - hence the change of manager during the middle of a qualifying campaign.
Hörmann's final three fixtures are against Turkey at home on 6 September, followed by a trip to the 'Theatre of Dreams' four days later against Sven-Göran Eriksson's Three Lions. They then finish in an encounter with Slovakia on 11 October.
The Vaduz coach has selected the same squad that he chose earlier this month for a home friendly against San Marino, his first game in charge, and one in which Liechtenstein were leading 2-0 after 16 minutes following strikes from striker Mario Frick and Franz Burgmeier, before holding on for a 2-2 draw in the second period. And after being impressed with the amount of chances his side created, Hörmann reasoned: "It's not necessary to bring in new players." That means that defender Christof Ritter, who had fallen out with previous coach Loose, has been retained in the party, with Hörmann explaining: "Ritter is one of the best players in Liechtenstein. If he gives me the right answer and keeps the right attitude, he will surely get his chance on the pitch."
Perhaps the two most important players in the fixture with England will be the goalkeeper and the lone centre-forward. Hörmann has selected two keepers, No 1 Peter Jehle and his understudy Martin Heeb, although it will be a surprise if the former does not start the match after his outstanding display against Becks and co. earlier in the year. Ploughing a lone field up front is likely to be Liechtenstein's most famous and successful footballer, 28-year-old Frick, who plays his football in Serie B for Ternana and is also his country's all-time leading goalscorer.
Frick and Jehle are the only two professionals in the squad and therefore will be the ones standing between England and the collection of three vital points in their quest to qualify for Euro 2004.
As for Hörmann, well the new manager is simply just keen to try out his younger players, adding: "I am looking forward to working with the best of the best in Liechtenstein.
"I hope the players will accept the changes in the coaching team as well and that we will really function as unit."
Peter Jehle, Martin Heeb, Michael Stocklasa, Frédéric Gigon, Daniel Hasler, Jürgen Ospelt, Sandro Maierhofer, Christof Ritter, Martin Telser, Matthias Beck, Thomas Beck, Roger Beck, Ronny Büchel, Franz Burgmeier, Fabio D'Elia, Mario Frick, Andreas Gerster, Martin Stocklasa