Playing for Egypt will benefit Ahmed Hegazi, says West Brom’s Graeme Jones

The Baggies’ tactician is counting his blessings for the defender’s participation in international games with the Pharaohs

Graeme Jones, West Bromwich Albion’s assistant manager feels that international football will help Ahmed Hegazi improve.

The 27-year-old featured as for Egypt in their 6-0 bashing of Niger Republic as the Pharaohs put their Africa Cup of Nations qualification hopes on track after a shaky start.

And Jones who was part of Belgium’s technical crew at the 2018 Fifa World Cup believes Hegazi playing for the north Africans will be of huge benefit to him than damage.

“Ahmed has got better and better every game. He has dropped into a back three and he’s got a greater understanding (of that role),” Jones said.

“You know that’s coming about because of international football so there can be real benefits.

“Belgium played against Egypt on June 6 and for him to play against that level of player with Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne all on the pitch has helped him.

“I’ve got a greater appreciation for it [international football] now, I used to see it as an absolute nuisance.”

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