Albania's coach, Edoardo Reja, has published the list of 26 players called up for the next matches against Andorra (November 14) and France (November 17).
Several new features: from the absences due to injury of Cikalleshi, Sadiku, Abrashi and Kumbulla, to the first call of Florian Kamberi, passing through Ndoj and Xhaka.
The conference by Edy Reja
"I want us to always play the same way, or at our maximum. The next game is against Andorra and should not be underestimated. Against France I already know that attention will be at its maximum, not only for the value of the opponents but also for the new stadium. Our goal is to get the most out of these two games.
We are sorry for Cikalleshi, but we have a contingent that allows us to choose alternatives. We have high expectations and we want to look closely at Florian Kamberi. Gradually we started to integrate new players always looking at the result.
Panucci and De Biasi will be jealous of the fact that I will be there for the first time in the new stadium; I feel excited, privileged. It will be great for players to play there, it's a really nice stadium.
[...] I have an appeal for Albanian supporters to support us against Andorra; I was told that there is no great interest in the game, but without fans there is no football. As for the game, I will not do training experiments.
Andorra sided with an 4-4-2 module, we saw it against Moldavia and Turkey. They defended themselves very well, we should be good at seizing the right moment to hit them. We must have patience and not risk much on the break"- said Edy Reja at the press conference.
The situation of Albania in group H
Albania, which will take the field at the 20 on Thursday: 45 against Andorra, is out of any qualifying speech, mainly due to the last defeat against the Turkey last October in Istanbul.
However, Reja has made it clear several times that he wants to win the remaining two games, both because Albania has never finished a qualifying round at 18 points and is because against France it will be the first match that will be played in the new 'Air Albania Stadium'.