How Reggae Boyz brought England-born players to the World Cup bid – The Athletic

So you want to play for Jamaica.

Maybe it doesn’t work for you with the England national team, or maybe you just want to play in the big games like Tuesday’s World Cup qualifying match against the United States. Maybe it would make sense for a parent or grandparent to see you don a yellow Reggae Boyz shirt. Whatever the reason, if you qualify and play at a high enough level, Jamaica wants to find you.

The Jamaican men’s national team is currently going through a recruitment boom, taking advantage of the ability of British-born players to qualify as it looks to qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

The five likely to start against the US in Tuesday’s qualifying round were born in England. Among them was West Ham United striker Michail Antonio, who scored his first goal for Jamaica on Friday in a 1-1 draw with El Salvador.

This is not new. Current Jamaican coach Theodore “Tappa” Whitmore was part of the only squad Jamaica had ever sent to the World Cup, a 1998 team that included seven England-born players, including Robbie Earle and current Jamaican assistant Paul Hall.

It’s not clear why Jamaica hasn’t been more aggressive in the meantime. Longtime JFF president Captain Horace Burrell designed the 1998 strategy but Reggae Boyz’s success was short-lived as they struggled in the 2002 campaign and missed the final round of the 2006 qualifying round. .

The president of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), Michael Ricketts, somewhat announced the victory. In a March 2021 interview with a Caribbean TV network, the executive confirmed eight of the nine players from Europe shown on the image either have or are in the process of obtaining Jamaican passports. their.

As for the person behind the take, Ricketts spearheaded a team effort.

https://theathletic.com/2959827/2021/11/16/jamaicas-recruitment-push-how-the-reggae-boyz-have-brought-in-england-born-players-for-their-world-cup-qualification-effort/?source=rss | How Reggae Boyz brought England-born players to the World Cup bid – The Athletic

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