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Two teams from local club Malta Carib Alcons, a senior and Under-20 team comprising 30 players, are currently in London to play a series of training matches against academy and reserve teams.

Former national striker Stern John is with the club as a member of its technical staff while his son Tyrik is a member of the U-20 team as a forward.

John said the going has been tough for Alcons so far.

“It’s been a real eye opener for the players. The results have been less than impressive but the experience they are gaining here is really good for them.

I think especially for the youth players, there is going to be a lot for them to gain from this trip,” said John, who played for several seasons in England for the likes of Birmingham City, Nottingham Forest, Sunderland, Crystal Palace and Coventry City among other clubs.