Leicester Cityâ€™s Liam Moore has spoken of his pride at friend and team-mate Jeff Schluppâ€™s call-up to the provisional 26-man Ghana squad for the World Cup.
Schlupp will face friendly games against Holland and South Korea before the squad is trimmed down to a final 23, who will head out to Brazil for the tournament early next month.
Both Moore and Schlupp have thrived since graduating from Leicester Cityâ€™s Academy together, and are a shining example of both the opportunities provided by the Academy and the rewards for hard work.
Moore said: â€œIâ€™m buzzing for Jeff. Heâ€™s absolutely top class and heâ€™s worked so hard for this opportunity, what with having to adjust to a new position, so to be called into the 26-man squad is a huge pat on the back for him.
â€œHeâ€™s a really good friend of mine. Iâ€™ll be calling him up in the next few days to get all the gossip on how itâ€™s going, but I have every belief in him, and if he shows the kind of form heâ€™s shown for us recently, heâ€™ll do brilliantly.
â€œWe were in Thailand when he found out [about the call-up], and I knew he was hoping for a call so I was hovering around him to find out. Then his phone went and he had the biggest smile on his face, he was so happy.
â€œHe was over the moon, all the lads are so proud of him. The ones that have been to major tournaments before like Marcin Wasilewski came over to speak to him, and just told him that if he makes the 23-man squad, to enjoy every moment of it, because itâ€™s a great experience. Weâ€™re all hoping that he makes it.â€