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Ritchie Misses Out As Atsu Set For AFCON Action

Ritchie Misses Out As Atsu Set For AFCON Action

Matt Ritchie has missed out on Scotland selection again but Christian Atsu has kept his place in the Ghana squad this month. Magpies winger Ritchie has not represented his country since March and seems to be out in the cold under boss Alex McLeish, who on Monday named his squad for a Uefa Nations League clash with Israel and a friendly against Portugal.

The ex-Bournemouth star was named in McLeish’s first squad for the friendly against Costa Rica but a troublesome hernia left some in Scotland with the impression that he put the national team on the back burner in the last qualifying campaign.

Atsu retains his place in the Ghana squad for their upcoming 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Sierra Leone.

The Black Stars loss to Kenya means that all four teams in Group F have three points from two matches.

Ethiopia, who have back-to-back games against Kenya, are the other team in the pool and won their last game 1-0 against Sierra Leone.

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