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El-Abd gets international call
Adam El-Abd is back in contention for Egypt and a place in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
The Albion defender has been called up by Egypt’s American coach Bob Bradley for friendlies against Benin on September 7 and Nigeria four days later.
El-Abd, whose father is Egyptian, missed out on his competitive debut for the African nation earlier this summer after playing a half in a friendly against Cameroon.
Passport delays prevented him from featuring in World Cup qualifying wins against Mozambique and Guinea.
El-Abd, 28 next month, now has his passport and Bradley has turned to the dependable centre half, who made his 300th appearance for Albion against Barnsley on Saturday.
The Seagulls could have three players away on international duty during the early September domestic fixture break, El-Abd joining Andrew Crofts (Wales) and Craig Mackail-Smith (Scotland).
Egypt resume their qualifying campaign on the road to Rio against Zimbabwe in March.