Former Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool defender Steven Caulker has been referred to as as much as the Sierra Leone squad for the primary time.
The 29-year-old is certainly one of 19 overseas-based gamers invited for pleasant video games in opposition to South Sudan, The Gambia and Morocco in Casablanca on 6, 9 and 12 October respectively.
Caulker, who’s at present enjoying for Gaziantep on mortgage from their Turkish rivals Fenerbahce, received a single cap for England in a 4-2 loss to Sweden in 2012 in a pleasant match and likewise managed to get on the scoresheet.
That solitary cap got here after he had performed each single minute of Nice Britain’s marketing campaign on the 2012 London Olympics.
He’s allowed to swap nations beneath Fifa laws because the cap got here in a pleasant and he qualifies to play for the Leone Stars by way of his paternal grandfather, who’s from Sierra Leone.
The Sierra Leone Soccer Affiliation (SLFA) has confirmed that each one the required paperwork has been lodged with Fifa and it’s hopeful it will likely be cleared in time for the upcoming matches.
As soon as he has Fifa clearance Caulker, who additionally received 10 caps for England’s U21 facet, can be eligible to play for Sierra Leone at January’s Africa Cup of Nations finals in Cameroon.
It might be the most recent chapter in a rollercoaster profession for Caulker, who additionally performed for Queens Park Rangers, Swansea and Cardiff however suffered with an habit to playing as properly.
There are 4 different new faces within the Leone Stars squad together with defender David Sesay, who performs for English fifth-tier facet Barnet.
The others are Issa Kallon, who performs for Dutch top-tier facet SC Cambuur, Genoa ahead Yayah Kallon and Greece-based Jonathan Morsay.
The SLFA can also be ready for the finished paperwork for Kallon and Morsay, who’ve performed youth-level soccer for the Netherlands and Sweden respectively.