Morfis welcomed back into Cyprus fold

Despite playing in the Cypriot second division, 31-year-old goalkeeper Michalis Morfis has been recalled to the Cyprus squad for the upcoming qualifiers against Norway and Denmark.

Michalis Morfis in action for Cyprus
Michalis Morfis in action for Cyprus ©AFP

Cyprus coach Angelos Anastasiadis has unexpectedly recalled goalkeeper Michalis Morfis to his 21-man squad for the upcoming UEFA EURO 2012 Group H qualifiers against Norway and Denmark on 8 and 12 October.

Morfis is currently plying his trade in Cyprus's second tier with PAEEK Kyrenia FC after leaving APOEL FC in the summer, the 31-year-old having fallen out of favour at the club where he had spent his entire career. He will now be hoping to add to his 20 international caps – the most memorable of which came in the 5-2 victory against the Republic of Ireland in 2006 – though he lost his starting place to Antonis Georgallides the following year.

Cyprus made a positive start to their bid to reach the finals in Poland and Ukraine with a thrilling 4-4 draw in Portugal on 3 September.

Cyprus squad

Goalkeepers: Antonis Georgallides (AC Omonia), Sofronis Avgousti (Apollon Limassol FC), Michalis Morfis (PAEEK Kyrenia FC).

Defenders: Siniša Dobrašinović (Alki Larnaca FC), Marios Nikolaou (AEL Limassol FC), Alexandros Garpozis (AEL Limassol FC), Marios Elia (APOEL FC), Elias Charalambous (AC Omonia), Paraskevas Christou (Alki Larnaca FC), Savvas Poursaitides (APOEL FC), George Merkis (Apollon Limassol FC).

Midfielders: Chrysostomos Michail (APOEL FC), Constantinos Makridis (AC Omonia), Andreas Avraam (AC Omonia), Constantinos Charalambides (APOEL FC), Marinos Satsias (APOEL FC).

Forwards: Michalis Konstantinou (AC Omonia), Dimitris Christofi (AC Omonia), Georgios Efrem (AC Omonia), Yiannis Okkas (Anorthosis Famagusta FC), Efstathios Aloneftis (AC Omonia).