Saturday 19 October 2019

Xherdan Shaqiri back in Switzerland fold but will miss Euro 2020 clash with Ireland

Liverpool's Xherdan Shaqiri previously declined a call-up for the Switzerland squad
Liverpool's Xherdan Shaqiri previously declined a call-up for the Switzerland squad

Aidan Fitzmaurice

Controversial Liverpool star Xherdan Shaqiri is back in the fold with Switzerland after successful talks with the national team boss - but the Anfield man will still miss this month's Euro 2020 clash with Ireland due to injury.

The Swiss were without Shaqiri for the 1-1 draw with Ireland in Dublin last month after a falling-out.

The player said he was skipping international duty to focus on his club career but the Swiss media was full of reports of discontent in the camp, claims that Shaqiri was unhappy at not being made captain.

The Swiss FA have since reached out to Shaqiri. National Team Director Pierluigi Tami held clear-the-air talks with the player and after a second meeting in Liverpool yesterday, which national team boss Vladimir Petkovic attended, the parties agreed that Shaqiri would come back, though a calf strain forces him to sit out the next two games, including that meeting with Ireland in Geneva.

"Xherdan is part of our team. We are happy to be able to count on him," Petkovic said.

The Swiss name their squad tomorrow for the double header away to Denmark and at home to Ireland but Shaqiri will miss out.

The Swiss are also keeping an eye on the situation of captain Granit Xhaka, as his wife is due to give birth next week and the Gunners man admits he may have to put his family before football and miss one of the qualifiers if it clashes with the birth.

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