Ex-Liverpool and England Defender Set For AFCON

Author: iDiski Times
 | Date: December 31, 2021

Former Liverpool and England defender Steven Caulker looks set to make his debut for Sierra Leone at the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations.

Caulker, 29, was touted as one of the best defenders in England when he graduated from Tottenham Hotspurs’ academy but went on to make a name for himself in Wales with Swansea and Cardiff City.

His form at the latter earned him a €11-million (R198m) transfer to then free-spending Queens Park Rangers before stints with Southampton, Liverpool, Dundee and now a foray into Turkey followed.

Caulker was a mainstay in the England U-19 and U-20 squads and represented Great Brittain at the 2012 Olympics shortly before his senior Three Lions debut under Roy Hodgson at the age of 20.

But that was his only cap for the England senior national team and a decade later he’s been cleared to represent the country of his fathers’ birth, the Leone Stars.

Sierra Leone 28-man squad in full:

Goalkeepers: Mohamed Nbalie Kamara (East End Lions), Ibrahim Sesay (East End Tigers), Isaac Caulker (FC Kallon)

Defenders: Umuru Bangura (Neuchâtel, Switzerland), David Sesay (Barnet England), Osman Kakay (QPR, England), Yeami Dunia (East End Lions), Kelvin Wright (Orebro, Sweden), Saidu Mansaray (Bo Rangers), Steven Caulker (Fenerbahçe, Turkey), Daniel Francis (Bradford, England).

Midfielders: Kwame Quee (Vikingur Reijavik, Iceland), Mohamed Kamara (Koweit SC, Koweit), Saidu Bah Kamara (Bo Rangers), John Bankole Kamara (Kesla FK, Azerbaijan), Alhassan Koroma (Linense, Spain), Saidu Fofanah (Kallon FC), Abu Dumbuya (East End Lions), Issa Kallon (SC Cambuur, Netherlands), Prince Barrie (Bo Rangers FC), Idriss Kanu (Peterborough, England).

Strikers: Musa Noah Kamara (free agent), Mustapha Bundu (Arhus, Denmark), Kei Ansu Kamara (Helsinki IFK, Iceland), Mohamed Buya Turay (Henan Songshan Longmen, China), Augustine Williams (Los Angeles Galaxy, USA), Sulaiman Borbor Kai Kai (Wycombe Wanderers, England), Alhaji Kamara (Randers FC, Denmark).

John Keister’s side will compete with African champions Algeria, Ivory Coast and Equatorial Guinea in Group E at the continental showpiece next month.

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