Port Vale: Chris Birchall wins international recall
CHRIS Birchall looks set to miss Port Vale's home game against Aldershot towards the end of the month after winning an international recall.
The 28-year-old midfielder has been named in the Trinidad and Tobago squad for a friendly international against Belize on March 22 – a day before that clash against the Shots.
Birchall, who qualifies for the Soca Warriors as his mother was born in Port of Spain, last played for the country in November, 2011.
But he's been included in the party to take on the Central American side as part of the build-up for the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Trinidad and Tobago also travel to Peru on March 26.
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Stoke striker Kenwyne Jones and Arsenal defender Justin Hoyte are also in the squad, along with Ipswich midfielder Carlos Edwards.
"We know what Birchall can do," said head coach Hutson Charles, "and though it's been a while since he played, we are looking for a player of his kind to give us that energy again in midfield."
"He and Justin Hoyte are the kind of players who have that hunger and show that kind of interest that we want to include in our efforts to move forward."
Birchall has made 39 appearances for the country since making his debut in 2005, including a start against England in the 2006 World Cup.
But he has yet to start for Vale since returning to the club in January after a spell with MLS outfit Columbus Crew, despite making two appearances from the bench.
He first joined the Valiants in 2001, going on to make 91 appearances before joining Coventry in 2006.