Sam Morsy: Port Vale promotion could help my case for Egypt call-up
SAM Morsy is hoping a successful promotion campaign with Port Vale will give a major boost to his international ambitions.
The midfielder believes a call-up to represent Egypt could be on the cards if he finds himself playing in League One next season.
Morsy, who qualifies to play for the country through his father, has been watching the Africa Cup of Nations on television this week, and is desperate to be involved one day.
Egypt are not involved in this year's tournament after losing to the Central African Republic in qualifying, although they remain the competition's most successful side with seven title triumphs.
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They also appeared in World Cup finals in 1934 and 1990, although they failed to win a game.
The Egyptians, who are coached by American Bob Bradley, have been keeping an eye on Morsy, although the 21-year-old fears playing in League Two has so far hindered his chances.
He has impressed, however, making 23 appearances to help push Vale to the top of the table ahead of tomorrow's game at AFC Wimbledon.
"Egypt have an under-23s side and they've been speaking to my agent about it," he revealed.
"They just want me to keep playing games and progressing for Port Vale at the moment, but I'm pretty sure that if I was playing in League One it might be a different story.
"I'm certain promotion could help me no end with my international prospects.
"They know all about me, apparently. Whether they've had representatives at games I don't know, but their people certainly saw the game we played on Sky against Oxford earlier in the season."
Morsy, who has visited Egypt several times because his dad's family are from Cairo, capped an impressive personal display in that 3-0 home win back in October by scoring a stunning goal from 20 yards out. "Their officials were sent the recording of that game and now seem interested," he added, "but we'll have to see. I'm only 21, so there is plenty of time to play in the under-23s.
"That might lead to a call-up for the full national side. I would love that. There would be a chance of World Cups and I'd love to be able to play in the Africa Cup of Nations."
Sunderland's Ahmed Elmohamady and Brighton's Adam El-Abd are the current England-based players in the Egypt squad.
CALVIN Andrew is set to find out if he has a future at Vale Park this week.
The 26-year-old striker arrived on a two-month deal at the end of November after his release by Crystal Palace. He has made nine appearances, but has yet to score.