Bologna defender Vaggelis Moras is the surprise call-up of the foreign-based Greece players selected for the friendly against Denmark on February 11.
Greece manager Otto Rehhagel announced the ten men who will make up part of the squad to will take on the Danes in Piraeus, with the remainder of locally-based players to be called up as the match approaches.
It is Moras’ name that stands out, the former AEK Athens man clearly having impressed Rehhagel in the Serie A this season.
The 27 year-old has established himself in manager Sinisa Mihajlovic’s first-team, making 18 appearances and even having managed to score a goal during his side’s 2-1 away loss against Inter Milan.
Moras’ inclusion in the squad is all the more surprising given Rehhagel’s well documented reliance on established national team stars, with Euro 2004 heroes Giourkas Seitaridis, Kostas Katsouranis, Traianos Dellas and Angelos Charisteas also called up.
Quoted by the Hellenic Football Federation (EPO) official website, the Bologna centre-back expressed a desire to seize the rare opportunity; if he plays against Denmark it will be his first ever appearance for the national team.
“My call-up to the national team is something that I wanted after all the efforts of my career, something that they have vindicated,” Moras said.
“I am grateful to the people who have shown faith in me.
“On my part, I am prepared to do everything to please my manager and to maintain my position in the national team for a long time.”
Foreign-Based Greece Squad:
Defenders: Traianos Dellas (Anorthosis Famagusta), Vaggelis Moras (Bologna), Sokratis Papastathopoulos (Genoa), Giourkas Seitaridis (Atletico Madrid)
Midfielders: Alexandros Tziolis (Werder Bremen), Kostas Katsouranis (Benfica)
Forwards: Theofanis Gekas (Bayer Leverkusen), Nikos Liberopoulos (Eintracht Frankfurt), Angelos Charisteas (Nuremburg), Giorgos Samaras (Celtic)
Chris Paraskevas, Goal.com