England-based midfielder Sam Morsy (Reuters)
Egyptian National team coach Hector Cuper has shown interest in calling-up England-based midfielder Sam Morsy after his eye-catching performance with Wigan Athletic.
"Cuper met Morsy in England and talked with his coaches and club officials. He is a disciplined and enthusiastic player," Cuper's assistant Mahmoud Fayez told an Egyptian TV programme on Tuesday evening.
"We [Egypt technical staff] have been monitoring the player for more than six months and he proved his worth playing 24 games in the powerful League One," the football analyst Fayez added.
The 24-year-old player, who inspired Wigan to win League One and be promoted to the championship, is eligible to play for the Pharaohs and confirmed his interest.
"I am looking forward to having my first opportunity with Egypt. I am a big fan of Egyptian players in Europe like Mohamed Salah of Roma and Mohamed El-Nenny in Arsenal. I also watch the Egyptian Premier League and all my family support Zamalek and maybe I could play there one day," the former Port Vale attacker revealed.
Morsy has been committed to Wigan since January 2016 in a two-and-a-half-year contract from Chesterfield.
He is not the first Egyptian to play at Wigan as Ahmed 'Mido' Hossam and Amr Zaki have had previous spells there.
The Pharaohs' first game will be against DR Congo on 30 May as part of the preparations for the last game of the 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifiers against Tanzania in June.
The seven-time African champions, who are within reach of a place at next year's Cup of Nations for the first time since 2010, are at the top of Group G of the qualifiers with seven points, five ahead of second-placed Nigeria.
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