With an international break just around the corner, football fans across the globe begin to predict who will be representing their respective nation in the upcoming set of fixtures. However, for Moroccan fans, there would be a surprise inclusion, as Bayer Leverkusen’s Amine Adli was named as a forward in Walid Regragui’s most recent squad.
The 23-year-old had recently just featured for France at the under-21 European Championships, where he would play three times before his tournament would end in the quarter-finals. However, with Adli now too old to represent France at youth level, the attacker has decided to ensure international experience with Morocco – the birthplace of his parents.
Bild would report that the Moroccan football association had been attempting to lure Adli away from the France set-up for a considerable amount of time, but they had been rebuffed with Adli wanting to compete for the French under-21s. However, the 23-year-old will now become a senior international, where he could make his debut against either Liberia or Burkina Faso.
For Adli, the question had to be asked; would he be able to break through into France’s international side? Nevertheless, with Morocco proving the quality that they have in their ranks by finishing fourth at the 2022 World Cup, Adli may see the potential to break even more records with the African nation.
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