Jonathan Jackson admits Friday will be a proud day for everyone connected with Wigan Athletic as Sam Morsy and Egypt kick-off their World Cup campaign against Uruguay.
The Latics skipper’s presence in Russia means it’s now four World Cups in a row with Latics representation.
“It’s a real honour for Sam, he’s so passionate about playing for Egypt, and we’re delighted for him,” acknowledged Jackson.
“We’ll be cheering for him from afar, hoping for an Egypt-England final!”
Morsy will be hoping for more game-time than Will Grigg managed two summers ago, when he spent the whole of Euro 2016 on the Northern Ireland bench.
Grigg then suffered a stop-start campaign on his return to Wigan, and Jackson hopes Morsy is allowed to play more of a role for his nation.
“Will Grigg had a similar experience two years ago when he went to the Euros with Northern Ireland,” the Latics chief executive added.
“But it can affect players in different ways, depending on the experiences they have at the tournament.
“Obviously they don’t get as much rest as you’d like with them being away, and that’s something that’s got to be managed.
“Emotionally as well as physically it can be very draining - whether that’s a high or a low.
“I remember a few times when we were in the Premier League, players would come back from a tournament and their form would be affected at the start of the season.
“That’s something I’m sure Paul Cook and his team will be looking closely at, and hopefully Sam’s experience will be purely positive.”