Liechtenstein first up for Hungary’s Under 21 team in new Euro qualifiers
Hungary Under 21s begin their new European championship qualifying campaign under the leadership of Robert Kilin with an away fixture against Liechtenstein this Thursday at 15:00 CET. The squad has naturally taken on a different look after several of those eligible for the squad and already performing well in this season’s Hungarian top flight such as Endre Botka, Ádám Nagy and Zsolt Kalmár, were called up to Bernd Storck’s full international squad.
“Our preparation period has been short and we’ve only played a few warm-up matches so I can’t finish this period of building the team with a smile on my face”, said Mr Kilin to MLSZ.hu. “At the same time, our performance against Italy gives reason for our team to feel assured about themselves.”
Mr Kilin, who was Mr Storck’s assistant coach during the Hungary Under 20 team’s FIFA U20 World Cup adventure in New Zealand earlier this summer, also stated it doesn’t matter that Italy is not the opponent nor that they need to play football at the home of a small nation, because all of his national team footballers must take every match seriously as only with that will the possibility of victory be able to become a reality on the pitch.
Mr Kilin also talked of how he had to change his squad once it became apparent the three aforementioned young footballers would be called up to Mr Storck’s squad for the EURO 2016 qualifier against Romania on Friday, therefore Budapesti Honvéd’s Kalmár, already an internationally-capped player, and Botka and Nagy of Ferencváros will not be in Eschen with the rest of the U21s.
“It’s a nice problem to have that we can’t count on these three players. One of the aims of the U21 team is that it supplies the full team with players so that these call-ups show the players are heading in the right direction in terms of their development. I trust they will get a chance against Romania or Northern Ireland and knowing Bernd Storck, I see there is a chance of this happening.”
Hungary are in qualifying group 4 with Liechtenstein, Albania, Greece, Israel and Portugal and at the same time as Hungary’s first match the fixture between Albania and Israel will also take place. The squad gathered yesterday in Diósd to train together and on Wednesday they will travel to the Alpine country in time for a training session at 18:00.
Hungary’s next match will be away in Portugal on 9th October followed by a home fixture against Albania four days later.
The Hungary Under 21 squad for the match against Liechtenstein:
Gergely Nagy (Vasas FC)
Dávid Banai (Újpest FC)
Levente Bősz (Diosgyőri VTK)
Attila Osváth (Vasas FC)
Gergő Kocsis (Puskás Akadémia)
Bence Lenzsér (Paksi FC)
Dávid Forgács (AC Pisa)
Ákos Kecskés (Atalanta)
Krisztián Tamás (La Spezia)
Péter Szilvási (Debreceni VSC)
Szilveszter Hangya (Vasas FC)
Máté Vida (Vasas FC)
Dávid Márkvárt (Puskás Akadémia)
Roland Sallai (Puskás Akadémia)
Zsombor Berecz (Vasas FC)
László Kleinheisler (Videoton FC)
Donát Zsótér (Puskás Akadémia)
Dániel Prosser (Budapest Honvéd)
Szabolcs Varga (MTK)
Norbert Balogh (Debreceni VSC)
Bence Mervó (MTK)