Wilfried Zaha, Nicolas Pepe and Eric Bailly are among the many Premier League gamers included in Ivory Coast’s provisional 28-player squad for the Africa Cup of Nations subsequent month.
AC Milan’s Franck Kessie, Ajax striker Sebastien Haller, ex-Tottenham defender Serge Aurier, Wolves centre-back Willy Boly and Burnley attacker Maxwel Cornet have additionally been referred to as up.
Along with these beneath contract at golf equipment in Turkey, Switzerland, France, Germany, Belgium, China and Qatar, a handful of African-based gamers are within the squad – together with all 4 goalkeepers.
AFCON squads in 2022 are capped at 26 gamers, bigger than traditional, that means solely two from the group will must be minimize earlier than the event is because of start on 9 January.
Manchester United teenager Amad Diallo is a notable omission from the group, having made his senior worldwide debut for Les Elephants earlier this 12 months.
Zaha’s recall can also be a focal point because it was reported final month that he had requested to not be included within the squad for World Cup qualifiers towards Mozambique and Cameroon.
Goalkeepers: Sylvain Gbohouo (Wolkite Ketema), Badra Ali Sangare (JDR Stars), Abdoul Karim Cisse (Asec Mimosas), Ira Eliezer Tape (San Pedro)
Defenders: Serge Aurier (Villarreal), Eric Bailly (Man Utd), Willy Boly (Wolves), Wilfried Kanon (Pyramids), Odilon Kossounou (Bayer Leverkusen), Simon Deli (Adana Demirspor), Ghislain Konan (Reims)
Midfielders: Habib Maiga (Metz), Maxwel Cornet (Burnley), Serey Die (Sion), Ibrahim Sangare (PSV Eindhoven), Jean-Daniel Akpa Akpro (Lazio), Franck Kessie (AC Milan), Hamed Traore (Sassuolo), Jeremie Boga (Sassuolo), Max Gradel (Sivasspor), Jean Michael Seri (Fulham)
Forwards: Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace), Jean Evrard Kouassi (Trabzonspor), Nicolas Pepe (Arsenal), Sebastien Haller (Ajax), Christian Kouame (Anderlecht), Yohan Boli (Al-Rayyan), Karim Konate (Asec Mimosas)
Ivory Coast have been drawn into Group E alongside holders Algeria, in addition to Equatorial Guinea and Sierra Leone. They’re in search of first title 2015 – solely a 3rd general – and can kick issues off once they face Equatorial Guinea three days into the event.