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Gibraltar squad for March game

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Gibraltar coach, Allen Bula, has communicated the call-ups for the friendly game against Estonia on the 5th of March.

A young Higginbotham with United jersey (Sporting-Heroes.net)

A young Higginbotham with United jersey (Sporting-Heroes.net)

Goalkeepers: Perez (Lincoln), Robba (Lynx), Will Britt (FC Southampton U-21)

Defenders: Wiseman (Preston North End - ENG), Higginbotham (retired from club football, last club Chesterfield - ENG), R.Chipollina (Lincoln), R. Casciaro (Lincoln), Artell (Wrexham - ENG), Y. Santos (Manchester 62), Reoch (Manchester 62), Sergeant (Manchester 62)

Midfielders: Guilling (Lincoln), Walker (Bnei Yehuda - ISR), Payas (Glacis United), J. Chipollina (St.Joseph's), J. Lopez (Manchester 62), Ruiz (Lynx), D. Duarte (Lincoln)

Strikers: Priestley (Farsley - ENG), A.Hernandez (Cadiz CF B - SPA)), Styche (Wycombe Wanderers - ENG), K. Casciaro (Lincoln), JP Duarte (Lincoln)

Mart Poom protecting the ball against Finnish-Kosovar Shefqi Kuki in the air with the help Danny Higginbotham, click to enlarge  (Laurence Griffiths)



The 'star' of the squad is certainly Daniel John Higginbotham.

Simply known as Danny, Higginbotham can boast an interesting CV with spells at Derby County (they were teammates with Mart Poom), Southampton and Stoke City. He closed his career at Altrincham FC, Conference North, and he had already had a spell at another Conference side, Chester.
Born in Manchester, the 35-year-old defender is a United offspring and had seven appearances at the Old Trafford before starting his career elsewhere. He also had a spell at Royal Antwerp (Belgium) for one season (1998-99) collecting 29 appearances and 3 goals. His most prolific season was his first spell at Stoke when he collected 7 goals in 45 appearances (2006-07).
He never played in Gibraltar league and against Estonia it will be his third cap as he is supposed also to be play on the 1st of March against the Far Oer Islands.
He will definitely retire from football (he already did from club football) after the two games in March. At least this what he declared. On Twitter, upon being questioned about the utility or not to be called up, he replied as follows. For sure it will be a great chance for Mart Poom (goalkeepers coach of the Estonian national team) and Higginbotham to catch up and remind the old times at Derby.