Clarets pair earn international calls

Wales' Sam Vokes (right) and Iceland's Kari Arnason battle for the ball during the international friendly at The Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday March 5, 2014. See PA story SOCCER Wales. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire
Wales' Sam Vokes (right) and Iceland's Kari Arnason battle for the ball during the international friendly at The Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday March 5, 2014. See PA story SOCCER Wales. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire
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Clarets striker Sam Vokes has been called up for Wales’ two key Euro 2016 qualifiers against Cyprus and Israel.

And right back Tendayi Darikwa has also been selected for the Zimbabwe squad for their 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Guinea.

Vokes is in line to become the first Claret to feature at a European Championship finals, with Chris Coleman’s players top of Group B, as they aim to reach their first final stages since the 1958 World Cup in Sweden.

Wales face Cyprus in Nicosia on Thursday, before hosting Israel in Cardiff three days later.

Summer signing Darikwa, meanwhile, has caught the attention of Warriors’ head coach Callisto Pasuwa, who has selected the former Chesterfield man for the first time, to face Guinea a week on Sunday.

Zimbabwe are in the same group as Guinea, Malawi and Swaziland, with the 13 group winners and the two best second-placed teams joining hosts Gabon at the finals, to be held in early 2017.