Ivory Coast national team manager Patrice Beaumelle hopes England defender Marc Gueghi will play for the African nation.
The Crystal Palace defender, who was born in Ivory Coast, performed well in his debut appearance for the England national team in a friendly against Switzerland, Saturday (26/3).
The 21-year-old defender can make his second appearance for the Three Lions in the match against Ivory Coast, Wednesday (30/3) early morning WIB, in a friendly match at Wembley Stadium.
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Guehi’s form has improved since he was signed by Palace for 18 million pounds from Chelsea, last year.
With the lack of supply of qualified centre-backs in the England squad, Guehi has the opportunity to be brought by Gareth Southgate to the 2022 World Cup.
However, because Guehi has never appeared in an official match, Beaumelle hopes that the defender will change his mind and choose to play for Ivory Coast.
“I’ve been following Marc’s development for the last two years, ever since he was at Swansea,” Beaumelle said.
“I know he can still choose Ivory Coast so we are working on that. I tried to contact him a few weeks ago.”
“When I saw him playing with the England national team, I understand, at this moment, he wants to try to play for the Three Lions.”
“Since joining Crystal Palace, he has improved a lot and could be an option. However, the decision is his and he will decide that for himself.”
“He did well in his first appearance for England but maybe he wants to try the Ivory Coast jersey. I will wait a few weeks and will try to contact him again,” he concluded. (AFP/OL-1)