El Abd celebrates Egypt call-up while Mackail-Smith heads to the US with Scotland

Albion’s rock-solid defensive linchpin Adam El-Abd has been called up to the Egypt squad as the country’s coach Bob Bradley looks to build towards a World Cup qualifier with Mozambique next month.

Wednesday, 16th May 2012, 11:06 am

The Brighton born and bred defender qualifies for the African country through his dad and has previously spoken of his ambition to force his way into the Pharaohs line-up.

Back in 2005 he said, “It’s always been a dream for me to play for Egypt,” and it now looks certain he will get his chance after being named in the 30-man squad.

The Seagulls’ number six has played 259 for his hometown side since breaking into the first team in a 2-1 win at Notts County in November 2003.

El-Abd is not the only Albion star to get international recognition this week. Craig Mackail-Smith was called up to the Scotland squad to play the USA in Florida on May 26.