Wednesday, January 26

The new giant of Concacaf? Jamaica to incorporate European footballers to face World Cup qualifiers

The President of the Jamaica Football Federation, Michael Ricketts, confirmed that the so-called Reggae Boyz are in the process of recruiting eight or nine players born in England but with Jamaican descent with the purpose of creating a more competitive team for the next Concacaf qualifiers for the Qatar 2024 World Cup.

With players who play in the Premier League Y Championship from England and one in the Bundesliga, would join Leon Bailey of Bayer Leverkusen to create a national team that could face the powers of the area such as Mexico, the United States and Costa Rica.

The footballers willing to join the Caribbean cause are Michael Antonio, West Ham forward and one of the top scorers in the current Premier League campaign, Mason Holgate, Everton defender from the same league; Demarai Gray, midfielder of Bayer Leverkusen, of the Bundesliga, Kemar Roofe of the Scottish Rangers, Isaac Hayden del Newcastle, Ivan Toney del Brentford, Nathan Redmond, from Southampton and Liam Moore del Reading y Max Aarons del Norwich City.

All mentioned players are holders in their respective clubs and in the case of Holgate and Aarons, 24 and 20 respectively they have been part of minor England teams so their decision is not yet final, although by FIFA there would be no impediment as long as they do not wear the English shirt in the senior category.

With them in the team, Jamaica will try to win one of the places for the next World Cup, a competition in which has not participated since France 1998.

The great teams of the area such as Mexico and the United States could see in the Jamaican team a weight rival that could take away their privileged place

The Reagge Boyz, led by Theodore Whitmore will begin their journey to Qatar visiting Mexico next September, while his duels against USMNT are scheduled for October 7 in the United States and November 16 in Jamaica.

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