In preparation for their Fifa World Cup qualifier games, Jamaica has decided on a final squad of 35 players which only includes Dennis Taylor from Humble Lion, Ricardo Morris from Portmore United and Richard King of Cavaliers as Local Players. The rest of the team is composed of overseas-based footballers that will need to give their best to allow the Reggae Boyz to be successful in going to Qatar in 2022.
As a part of the 35 member squad, the JFF has drawn for West Ham United’s Michail Antonio as well as other members of the English Premier League to help lead them to victories in their upcoming three matches.
Not all the English Premier League players will get a chance to play all three matches however since the United Kingdom has a red list of countries that require persons traveling into them to do mandatory quarantines upon their arrival.
What this means for the National team is that the away game scheduled against Mexico will see several of the English Premier League players not taking part. The same goes for the match in Costa Rica as together with Mexico, they are both on the Uk’s red list. These technicalities will play an incremental role in the team moving forward or not.
Regardless, the JFF has said that some of the players will still play in all 3 matches while some will only be utilized for the game being played at home against Panama.
For the squad prepared to face Mexico, they will be gathering this Thursday in Mexico City and will be transported to the country by way of a charter plane with their technical and administrative teams.
The players based in the United States have already arrived in Jamaica, while the English players were flown to the island on Monday.
Most of the players that are English based will return to the UK, on September 6 while the squad lined up to play Costa Rica will leave for San Jose on September 8th.
The game against Mexico promises to be an impressive and important showdown however, key players such as Antonio who just joined the squad, Liam Moore, Leon Bailey, Amarii Bell, Wesley Harding, Ravel Morrison, Daniel Johnson, Bobby Reid, Kevin Stewart, Jamal Lowe and Kemar Roofe will miss out on the match, due to the complicated circumstances surrounding them traveling into the island.
See the schedule for the Reggae Boyz below.
The JFF nonetheless has expressed their comfort with the choices made about the squad, being very confident in their abilities to be successful in the World Cup campaign to Qatar.
See the full squad below.
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