Ahmed Elmohamady, Conor Hourihane and more have been called up for International duty this summer, as other players miss out on call-ups.
Words by Regan Foy | @FindFoy
Ahmed Elmohamady has been called up to Egypt’s preliminary African Cup of Nations squad this afternoon.
His fine form this season has been a key part in Aston Villa’s revival, and he’ll be looking to be lifting two trophies this summer as Egypt are strong favourites on home soil to win the tournament.
Other internationals that have been called up include three Irish players in the form of Conor Hourihane, Glenn Whelan and Scott Hogan, as well as goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic, who has been called up by Croatia despite missing out on much of the last half of the season.
John McGinn could be called up to the Scotland set up under newly appointed manager Steve Clarke, and Jed Steer may be convinced to swap allegiances if required. However, both may miss out in these Euro Qualifiers due to their involvement in the Play-Off Final.
Wales duo James Chester and Neil Taylor miss out in Ryan Giggs’ announcement, as Chester has not played since the end of January and Giggs has chosen not to call up Taylor due to his involvement in the Play-Off Final, a choice he has made with Derby’s Wilson too.
It is likely that Jonathan Kodjia will be called up to the Ivory Coast AFCON squad and that Birkir Bjarnason will be required for duty with Iceland, but these announcements are yet to be made.