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Joris Gnagnon opts to represent Ivory coast

Stade Rennais' Joris Gnagnon opts to represent Ivory coast

Photo: Stade Rennais

Rennes defender Joris Gnagnon will represent Ivory Coast’s national team rather than France’s national team, after being named in Marc Wilmots’ squad.

The 20-year-old defender has opted to represent Ivory Coast at international level, despite being capped for Les Bleus at Under-20 level, to join Maxwell Cornet and Seko Fofana.

Gnagnon is in line for his first cap for the Elephants after impressing with Ligue 1 side Stade Rennais this season, making 29 appearances and scoring twice in his only second professional season.

The defender has been named in Ivory Coast’s new manager Marc Wilmots‘ squad for their friendly encounter with the Netherlands on Sunday, June 4 and the 2019 AFCON qualifier at home to Guinea on Saturday, June 10.

Ivory Coast were drawn in group H of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers alongside Guinea, Central African Republic, and Rwanda.

Gnagnon is not the only player that could make his international debut for Ivory Coast this June, as he is joined by Jean-Philippe Gbamin, Maxwell Cornet, and Jeremie Boga.

 Ivory Coast squad:

Goalkeepers: Sylvain Gbohouo (TP Mazembe, DR Congo) Axel Kacou (Tours, France), Mandé Sayouba (Stabaek, Norway), Ali Badra Sangaré (AS Tanda, Ivory Coast), Abdoul Karim Cissé (SC Gagnoa, Ivory Coast)

Defenders: Serge Aurier (Paris St Germain, France), Mamadou Bagayoko (St Truiden, Belgium), Eric Bailly (Man Utd, England), Simon Deli (Slavia Prague, Czech Republic), Lamine Koné (Sunderland, England), Ismaël Traoré (Angers, France), Wilfried Kanon (ADO Hague, Netherlands), Adama Traoré (FC Bâsel, Switzerland), Joris Gnagnon (Rennes, France), Ghislain Konan (Guimaraes, Portugal)

Midfielders: Cheick Doukouré (Metz, France), Franck Kessié (Atalanta, Italy), Geoffroy Serey Dié (FC Basel, Switzerland), Jean-Philippe Gbamin (Mainz, Germany), Jean Michaël Séri (Nice, France)

Attackers: Nicolas Pépé (Angers, France), Maxwell Cornet (Lyon, France), Giovanni Sio (Rennes, France), Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace, England), Jérémie Boga (Grenada/Spain), Salomon Kalou (Hertha Berlin, Germany), Seydou Doumbia (FC Bâsel, Switzerland)

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