Wolves might have been served a potential future blow, with a report claiming defender Willy Boly has received clearance from FIFA to represent the Ivory Coast.

The 29-year-old has previously played for the French U16s, 17s and 19s, but has never been capped at senior level for the European nation.

The Melun-born star has Ivorian parents and is therefore eligible to represent Les Elephants.

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Sport-Ivoire say all obstacles have been lifted for Boly to become a full Ivorian international, after a request was put in by the Ivorian Football Federation (FIF).

The development could see Boly now link up with fellow Premier League stars Serge Aurier, Eric Bailly, Nicolas Pepe and Wilfried Zaha at international level.

What is also worth noting from a Wolves perspective, is that – if the reports are true – Boly would potentially miss part of a Wolves season for the Africa Cup of Nations tournament.

The next tournament is due to take place in Cameroon in January 2022, after it was rescheduled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Boly deserves international football

Boly has proven to be a terrific signing for Wolves, and he really does have the quality to be playing international football.

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It seems France simply have too many fantastic options available to them, but the Ivory Coast have some fine players of their own and Boly could be a great addition for the national side.

It would be a big blow if he had to leave for an AFCON tournament, but fans surely cannot begrudge him a late crack at an international career.

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