Manchester United youngster receives first senior international call-up

Manchester United teenager Amad has been rewarded with his first senior international call-up for the Ivory Coast’s African Cup of Nations qualifiers.

Amad could make his Ivory Coast debut this month after being selected in a 30-man squad for games against Niger and Ethiopia.

Coach Patrice Beaumelle also included Amad’s United teammate Eric Bailly in his squad for the final two qualifying games.

Ivory Coast lead Madagascar in Group K based on head-to-head record, and the tournament will take place in Cameroon in January and February next year.

Amad’s call-up is a huge achievement that reflects the impressive way he has settled into life at Old Trafford since his arrival from Atalanta in January.

The 18-year-old scored his first senior United goal against AC Milan, an important header that gave the Reds an advantage in the Europa League tie.

He also came off the bench in Sunday’s FA Cup quarter-final defeat to Leicester City and is awaiting his first start under manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Ivory’s Coast’s first game is away to Niger on Friday and they host Ethiopia again the following Tuesday before the international break ends.

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