Ivory Coast secure France-born stars

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Ivory Coast manager Patrice Beaumelle has called up two uncapped French-born players to his squad for this month's 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers. 

The Elephants are set to resume their AFCON qualifying campaign later this month with a double-header against Madagascar, and have been boosted by the introduction of two more French-born players to their squad.

Scroll through the gallery above to see the French-born players in the latest Ivory Coast squad

West Ham United striker Sebastien Haller, who scored 23 goals in 51 matches at youth level for France, has earned his first call up, and features alongside Wolverhampton Wanderers defender Willy Boly, who made six appearances at age-group level for Les Bleus. 

The duo add to a growing number of players from the European nation who have elected to represent Ivory Coast on the international stage, with the current squad also including Nicolas Pepe, Jeremie Boga, Jonathan Kodjia and Jean-Daniel Akpa Akpro. 

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See the full Ivory Coast squad below: 

Goalkeepers: Sylvain Gbohouo (TP Mazembe), Eliezer Ira Tape (FC San Pedro), Abdoul Karim Cisse (ASEC Mimosas) 

Defenders: Eric Bailly (Manchester United), Willy Boly (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Simon Deli (Club Brugge), Wilfried Kanon (Pyramids FC), Sinaly Diomande (Olympique Lyon), Serge Aurier (Tottenham Hotspur), Odilon Kossounou (Club Brugge)

Midfielders: Franck Kessie (AC Milan), Maxwel Cornet (Olympique Lyon), Kalpi Ouattara (Ostersunds FK), Geoffrey Serey Die (FC Sion), Ibrahim Sangare (PSV Eindhoven), Max Alain Gradel (Sivasspor), Habib Maiga (FC Metz), Jean-Daniel Akpa Akpro (Lazio)

Forwards: Nicolas Pepe (Arsenal), Jean Kouassi (Wuhan Zall), Gervinho (Parma), Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace), Jeremie Boga (Sassuolo), Christian Kouame (Fiorentina), Jonathan Kodjia (Al-Gharafa), Sebastien Haller (West Ham United)

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