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'I have always wanted to represent Egypt,' says Barnsley midfielder Sam Morsy

Ahram Online , Thursday 23 Mar 2017
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Wigan Athletic midfielder Sam Morsy has expressed delight over Egypt's call-up for a training camp and a friendly against Togo ahead of tough continental qualifiers.

"I have always wanted to represent Egypt, which was instilled in me by my Egyptian father when I was a child," the 25-year-old England-born player told an Egyptian TV programme Wednesday.

The player was part of the squad trained for the 2017 African Cup of Nations finals in Gabon, but was dropped for tactical reasons.

"I made friends during my last camp and I am looking forward to cooperating more with my teammates," he added.

Morsy's first appearance wearing the Pharaohs' jersey was in late August in a 1-1 friendly against Guinea, substituting for Mostafa Fathi at half-time.

The former Port Vale and Chesterfield star is currently on loan with Barnsley.

The ambitious player, who speaks English as a first language, added that he believes language will not be a barrier during his time with Egypt, especially since he has started Arabic lessons.

Egypt, who were the runners-up at the 2017 African Cup of Nations and are preparing for the upcoming edition's qualifiers, will end their camp on Tuesday with their friendly game against Togo.

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