Mifsud scores on final appearance of 20-year Malta career

FILE PHOTO: Euro 2020 Qualifier - Group F - Malta v Faroe Islands - Ta' Qali National Stadium, Ta' Qali, Malta - March 23, 2019 Malta's Michael Mifsud embraces coach Ray Farrugia after the match REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi/File Photo

(Reuters) - Malta forward Michael Mifsud celebrated the end of his 20-year international career by scoring his 42nd goal for his country in a friendly against Liechtenstein on Wednesday.

The 39-year-old, who made his debut against Albania in 2000 and is Malta’s all-time leading scorer, was on target in the fifth minute of his 143rd appearance as Malta cruised to a 3-0 win.

Mifsud’s scoring record, which included five goals in a 7-1 win over Liechtenstein in 2008, is especially remarkable given that Malta are regarded as one of the weaker sides in Europe and have never qualified for a major tournament.

Currently playing for Sirens FC in Malta, Mifsud has also played in the English championship for Coventry City and Barnsley, the A-League for Melbourne City and made 21 Bundesliga appearances for Kaiserslautern, scoring two goals.

Reporting by Brian Homewood, editing by Ed Osmond