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Morsy Receives Egypt Call
Monday, 20th Sep 2021 22:40

New Town signing Samy Morsy has been named on a list of foreign-based players for Egypt’s two World Cup qualifiers against Libya next month.

National team coach Carlos Queiroz is set to release the full squad on September 26th but has already selected the overseas players he plans to include.

The Egyptians host Libya in Cairo on Friday 8th October with the second match three days later in Benghazi.

Egypt is set to join Libya on the Government’s amber list on Wednesday. Premier League and EFL clubs collectively agreed not to release players for fixtures in red list countries during the international break earlier this month but they gave the go-ahead for them to travel for games in amber nations.

The 29-year-old will miss Town’s games at Gillingham in the Papa John’s Trophy on Tuesday 5th October and the home match with Shrewsbury on the following Saturday, assuming neither the Blues nor the Shrews have three international calls and opt to have the fixture postponed.

Morsy has previously won seven Egypt caps with his last appearance as a sub against Eswatini in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in 2018.

In addition to the two World Cup qualifiers, the Pharoahs will play a friendly against Liberia on 30th September which is outside the international week and Morsy wouldn’t be involved in that fixture.

Egypt are currently in second place in their World Cup qualification group with four points, two points behind the Libyans with Gabon on one point and Angola on zero.

Morsy could also be included in the Egypt squad for their November internationals, while he may be absent for a number of weeks early next year when the Africa Cup of Nations takes place between January 9th and February 6th in Cameroon.

The midfielder is yet to make a league appearance for the Blues as he has been serving a suspension which was a hangover from his final match with Middlesbrough, although he made his debut in last week’s Papa John’s Trophy tie with West Ham’s U21s.

Egypt foreign-based players: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool), Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal), Ahmed Hassan Kouka (Konyaspor), Mostafa Mohamed (Galatasaray), Sam Morsy (Ipswich Town), Omar Marmoush (VfB Stuttgart), Ahmed Yasser Rayan (Altay SK), and Karim Hafez (Yeni Malatyaspor).

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Dissboyitfc added 22:59 - Sep 20
thats not great!

JewellintheTown added 23:04 - Sep 20
Good for Samy, but not for ITFC. Need consistency in team selection & this won't help. Only positive might be picking up some skills from Salah he can bring back to us. Good luck to him though.

BtreeBlueBlood added 23:53 - Sep 20
Brings back memories of losing Finidi George and the African nations cup🤦🏼‍♂️

ipswich134 added 05:50 - Sep 21
As long as play like how we played on Saturday, we will be fine.

chepstowblue added 07:46 - Sep 21
We can't miss someone who's yet to play in a meaningful game ! Harper was excellent when he came on at Lincoln, and I'd hope he sta

chepstowblue added 07:54 - Sep 21
...rts on saturday. I thought the game bypassed Carroll, and Evans is definitely not up to speed as yet. Morsy 'could' be important in the months to come, but none of us know enough about him to say for sure.

Europablue added 08:34 - Sep 21
Getting promoted to the Championship would solve one part of this problem. Among all this talk about the World Cup, no one mentions the Africa cup of nations, which is played every two years. It's understandable that a summer tournament would not be great in Africa, but it should be once every four years. If I were a manager, I wouldn't be happy having African international players in the squad.

ArnieM added 08:48 - Sep 21
Chepstowblue. Some good points there, but I feel in Morsy we have a lynchpin type of player, that once he’s in that team won’t be coming out of it unless injured or playing for his Country. He was ever present in the Boro team last season , but they decided to go with Crook. Their loss out gain as far as I’m concerned, coz if we had the choice of the two players I’d plumb for Morsy. We’ll see. But it’s only one more game now before he can play for us 👍

Wickets added 09:14 - Sep 21
Yes Harper was good at Lincoln but he came on in his prefered position he is not a defensive midfield player think Morsy is lot more suited to that role . Cook did acknowledge that after the game i think .

PortmanTerrorist added 09:56 - Sep 21
Given we are as far into the season as we are, am sure our manager has a plan when Morsy has and is not available; he was not even stuck on to join us until the last minute.

With or without, we should be beating those teams. COYB

Europablue added 10:07 - Sep 21
Getting a win in one of the games that Morsy was not available makes the wait a lot easier for the supporters as at least not having him in the team is not costing us too much.

WonTheCupin78 added 10:21 - Sep 21
Don't we get a massive amount of money if one of our players qualifies for the World Cup finals? Remember someone saying at one point that if New Zealand had beaten Peru? at one point we would have got something like 3 million (Smith and Monty Patterson). Yet still fans here supported (I think it was) Peru.

WonTheCupin78 added 10:22 - Sep 21

Linkboy13 added 10:50 - Sep 21
The more i look at this squad the more i think we would look better playing 442 or 4411 . It's also easy for the players to understand and work with. The midfield area especially would look very powerful and creative.

spanishblue added 11:48 - Sep 21
I also thought Harper looked terrific in his Cameo Saturday,Carrol was quietly efficient , if Morsy is good then the gaps will be plugged tight shut

blues1 added 16:57 - Sep 22
Chepstowblue. Can only assume u werent at lincoln? Evan's had his best game so far and his partnership with Carroll worked well. Carroll played well, did the unseen work just like skuse and holland used to do here. That type of performance often goes unnoticed which nay be why u have that opinion tho. Ur right about Harper. Looked far better in the more advanced role.

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