Arsenal striker Joel Campbell has taken to social media site Twitter in order to express his delight at receiving a call-up for Costa Rica’s upcoming friendly matches with Paraguay and Panama.
The 22-year-old striker has endured a tough personal campaign this season following the major highs experienced during last summer’s World Cup.
The Central American outfit reached the quarter-finals against all odds and Campbell was a key performer for them, netting a goal in a memorable 3-1 victory over Uruguay.
His World Cup exploits prompted a number of Gunners supporters to demand his place in the club’s first-team squad this season.
However, with competition strong, the international striker found his opportunities limited and his place in the Costa Rican squad could have been in doubt had it not been for yet another loan move.
In January, Campbell traded the Emirates for Villarreal in a six-month loan deal and despite playing largely out of position on the right wing, at least he is getting game time and important first-team experience.
His stay at El Madrigal has prompted new Costa Rica coach Paulo Wanchope to recall him to the national team and Campbell couldn’t hide his delight, writing on Twitter:
“Happy to return to the national team. I missed wearing the three colours.”
Feliz de regresar a la selección, ya me hacia falta vestir la tricolor #LaSele— Joel Campbell (@joel_campbell12) marzo 13, 2015
The first game against Paraguay will take place on March 26, and Campbell will be desperate for a chance to showcase his talents in his preferred central striker role.
It has been a long time since he found the back of the net, that memorable strike against Uruguay in Brazil nine months ago being the last competitive game where he got on the scoresheet.