Song recalled to Cameroon squad

Cameroon and Arsenal's Alex Song
Alex Song has been recalled to the Cameroon squad for the first time since the World Cup

Arsenal's Alex Song has been recalled to Cameroon's squad for the first time since last year's World Cup finals.

The combative midfielder is in the frame to face Senegal in an African Nations Cup qualifier on 4 June.

He was included in a 23-man squad named by coach Javier Clemente for a game that the Indomitable Lions must win to keep alive hopes of qualifying for the 2012 finals.

Cameroon are five points off the pace in Group E with three matches left.

"It has always been the wish of the national coach that this very talented young midfielder should return to play for his country," Cameroon's football association (FECAFOOT) secretary general Tombi Aroko Sidiki said.

"But each time he has been invited he has always asked for some time to think over it and never showed up at the last minute.

"Our greatest hope is that he makes it this time."

Song was among three key players left out of the squad following the country's poor performance at the World Cup in South Africa amid reports of a rift in the camp.

The others were midfielder Achille Emana and Espanyol goalkeeper Idriss Carlos Kameni, who returned for the 1-0 defeat by Senegal in their last group match in Dakar in March.

The loss left the former African champions trailing the Teranga Lions by five points with three matches left.

Squad: Guy Roland Ndy Assembe (Nantes, France), Idriss Carlos Kameni (Espanyol, Spain), Charles Itandje (Atromitos FC, Greece), Sebastien Bassong (Tottenham Hotspur, England), Benoit Angbwa (FC Anji Makhatch, Russia), Patrick Abouna Ndzana (Les Astres FC, Cameroon), Nicolas Nkoulou (Monaco, France), Gaetan Bong (Valenciennes, France), Henri Bedimo (RC Lens, France), Stephane Mbia (Olympique Marseille, France), Matthew Mbuta (Crystal Palace Baltimore, USA), Eyong Enoh (Ajax Amsterdam, Holland), Alex Song (Arsenal, England), Landry Nguemo (AS Nancy, France), Andre Ndame Ndame (Coton Sport), Aurelien Chedjou (Lille, France), Benjamin Moukandjo (Monaco, France), Eric Choupo-Moting (Hamburg, Germany), Achille Webo (Mallorca, Spain), Samuel Eto'o (Inter Milan, Italy), Vincent Aboubakar (Valenciennes, France), Benoit Assou-Ekotto(Tottenham Hotspur, England), Ngako Deutcha Duvalois (Sable Bati)

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