Six Premier League players make cut for Ivory Coast squad
Ivory Coast coach Sabri Lamouchi has called up six Premier League players to his preliminary 23-man squad ahead of the African Nations Cup. Manchester City duo Kolo and Yaya Toure join Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote, Arsenal forward Gervinho and Wigan striker Arouna Kone in Lamouchi's selection ahead of the Elephants' pre-tournament trip to Abu Dhabi and subsequent friendly match with Egypt on January 14.
Abdul Razak of Manchester City is also included a line-up. Lamouchi told the Ivorian federation's official website: "I have chosen 23 players that I expect will work hard in Abu Dhabi and I hope they will all be available to go to the African Nations Cup.
"I did not want to pick more than 23 players and cause too much bad feeling among the group when the final list is announced."
Squad: Barry (Lokeren), Yeboah (Dijon), Ali Sangare (IAFC), Bamba (Trabzonspor), Boka (Stuttgart), Eboue (Galatasaray), Lolo (Kuban Krasnodar), Tiene (Paris St Germain), K Toure (Manchester City), I Traore (Brest), Razak (Manchester City), Romaric (Real Zaragoza), Gradel (St Etienne), Tiote (Newcastle), Y Toure (Manchester City), Ya Konan (Hannover), Zokora (Trabzonspor), Drogba (Shanghai Shenhua), Kalou (Lille), Kone (Wigan), L Traore (Anzhi Makhachkala), Bony (Vitesse Arnhem), Gervinho (Arsenal).