• Mitchell Mallia in action for Blacktown City (Blacktown City FC Facebook)
Blacktown City's Mitchell Mallia has been called up by Malta's national team for upcoming internationals against Luxembourg and Finland later this month.
SBS The World Game
13 Mar 2018 - 5:14 PM  UPDATED 13 Mar 2018 - 5:14 PM

The attacker, recently granted Maltese citizenship, is now poised to make his international debut.

The former Perth Glory and Sydney FC player follows fellow A-League products John Hutchinson, former Central Coast Mariners captain, and Manny Muscat of Melbourne City in accepting the call from his parents' homeland.

Another familiar face in the Malta camp is their captain and all-time top goalscorer - former Melbourne Heart striker Michael Misfud.

Mallia's selection has been in the works since last December, when he toldĀ The World Game: "I received an email the other day making sure my citizenship papers are in order and I'm excited at the prospect of joining up with them.

Malta comes calling for Aussie Mallia
He's not needed at Perth Glory anymore but international football is beckoning for Mitchell Mallia, with Malta offering the winger the chance to mix it with Europe's elite.

"For me, it's a great opportunity to maybe play in some Euro qualifiers and friendlies against some of the world's top teams."

"All it takes over there is one good game with the right people watching, and your career can take off."