Sam Morsy, Lee Evans and Owen Evans set to represent their countries this week.
- Three Wigan Athletic players called up for international duty.
- Sam Morsy and Lee Evans are with the Egypt and Wales squads
- Owen Evans part of the Wales U21 squad.
Latics skipper Sam Morsy and his central midfield partner Lee Evans – both of whom have made such an impressive start to the season – will each be away representing their countries over the coming week, alongside young Latics goalkeeper Owen Evans who is part of Wales’ under-21 side for the first time.
Morsy’s Egypt will face Uganda twice in the space of five days – games which could well determine the outcome of Group E of the African World Cup qualifying pool.
The Pharaohs, currently two points ahead of The Cranes at the top of the table, travel to Kampala’s Mandela National Stadium on Thursday 31 August before the second game on Tuesday 5 September is played at the Alexandria Stadium in Alexandria, on Egypt’s Mediterranean coast.
Wins in both games would take Morsy’s side to within one victory of securing their place at the finals of the 2018 World Cup.
Also trying to qualify for the finals in Russia this summer are Wales, who have called up Latics midfielder Lee Evans following his impressive start to the campaign. The midfielder on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers has featured at under-21 level for The Dragons but is yet to earn a senior cap, albeit he has been selected in squads over the past couple of years; alongside current Latics team mate Shaun MacDonald, still recovering from a broken leg of course.
Chris Coleman’s side play a crucial Group D World Cup qualifier at the Cardiff City Stadium against Austria on Saturday 2 September before travelling to face Moldova on Tuesday 5 September.
It has been a frustrating campaign for the Welsh so far, with all six of their games ending in draws. Currently sitting in 3rd place in Group D, level on points with Saturday’s opponents, they will believe that victory in Cardiff followed to three more points at bottom of the group Moldova could see them right back in contention.
Also called for Wales is goalkeeper Owen Evans, who is part of Rob Page’s under-21 squad for the first time, a terrific reflection on his form after he made his Latics debut in the Carabao Cup this season and has also been included in Sky Bet League One squads.
Wales’ under-21s kick-off their U21 European Championship qualifying campaign with two away matches, versus Switzerland in Biel on Friday 1st September and versus Portugal in Chaves on Tuesday 5 September.
Updates on all three of the players’ progress over the coming days will be here on wiganathletic.com – and good luck to all three.