Wednesday Feb 28, 2018. 18:00
Moroccan striker Youssef El-Arabi is hopeful of a return to the national team ahead of the 2018 World Cup.
El-Arabi, 31, currently plays his club football with Al-Duhail in Qatar and told the German Press Agency (DPA) that he wants to feature for the Atlas Lions in Russia.
“Any footballer dreams of defending the colors of his country at the World Cup,” the attacker said.
The Moroccan has scored 22 goals in the Qatar Stars League so far this season, having netted 24 times last term, and he hopes his consistent scoring form convinces coach Herve Renard to call him up.
“I hope I will be in Russia. I do not want to send a message to the coach to let me in. I am focusing on my level in the Qatar championship, and I am doing my best to evolve in order to convince the coach.”
According to El-Arabi, “whatever happened, I will respect Renard’s decision.”
The French-born striker first played for Morocco’s national team in September 2010 and has featured in three Africa Cup of Nations tournaments: 2012, 2013 and 2017.