Leicester City youngster in Ghana World Cup squad

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Full back Jeff Schlupp, a former Manchester United trialist, has received a call up to Kwesi Appiah's World Cup Squad for Brazil 2014.

The 21-year old - born in Germany to Ghanaian parents - was a member of the Leicester City side which won the Championship this season, and the left sided defender has been rewarded with inclusion in the Ghana squad headed to Brazil in the summer.

Having featured 26 times this season - including appearances in attack, as well as in his primary defensive role - head coach Kwesi Appiah has decided to bring the one-time capped youngster into the international fold.

In a press conference at the Ghana FA headquaters, Appiah announced his 26-man preliminary squad, with the need to cut three players by the June 2 deadline set by FIFA.

Whether Schlupp remains in the squad will have to be seen, although his ability to cover various positions is an extremely useful trait in the small squads required at international tournaments.

Whether used as an out-and-out defender, or brought on as an impact sub in an offensive role, the Leicester man - who has scored 6 goals in 68 games for the Foxes - can be sure of impressing in the months running up to Leicester's return to the Premier League. He also spent time in January 2013 on trial at Manchester United featuring for their under-21 side.

Initial response to Appiah's squad selection was positive, with the eagerness of youngsters such as Schlupp, as well as the experience of Ghana legend Michael Essien, suggesting the creation of a well rounded squad.

The full 26-man provisional squad is as follows:

Goalkeepers: Adam Kwarasey, Fatau Dauda, Stephen Adams

Defenders: Samuel Inkoom, Daniel Opare, Harrison Afful, Jeffery Schlupp, Jonathan Mensah, Rashid Sumaila, Jerry Akaminko, John Boye

Midfielders: Michael Essien, Sulley Muntari, Rabiu Mohammed, Kwadwo Asamoah, Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu, Afryie Acquah, Albert Adomah, Christian Atsu, Andre Ayew, Mubarak Wakaso, David Accam

Forwards: Kevin-Prince Boateng, Asamoah Gyan, Abdul Majeed Waris, Jordan Ayew

Ghana start their World Cup campaign against the USA, with tough fixtures against Germany and Portugal following. Germany have already announced their squad, and Jurgen Klinsmann is expected to announce his USMNT squad in the coming days.

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