Antonio wants to be a reggae boy

  • by Staff Writer
  • Wednesday, 3rd March 2021

The president of the Jamaica Soccer Federation, Michael Ricketts, says West Ham's Michail Antonio is "determined" to represent Jamaica - as soon as the necessary paperwork can be processed.

West Ham's in-form striker had previously been selected by Gareth Southgate for England squads and harboured hopes of representing the Three Lions. However having reached the age of 30, he has accepted his chances of doing so will now be extremely limited.

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Recently Antonio was made aware he was eligible to feature for the Caribbean island by virtue of having Jamaican parents. And with his England hopes having all but faded away, it seems that the Hammer has had a change of heart - according to Ricketts.

"I can confirm that Michail Antonio is absolutely determined to play for Jamaica and we hope that he will do whatever it takes to qualify," he is reported to have told Voice. “We've approached him and he's ready to play for Jamaica.

“We recently had a meeting with him and his agent and he expressed an absolute desire to play for Jamaica and represent us. He joked that he started the process of acquiring his Jamaican passport with his wife!"

Hammers boss David Moyes recently expressed his wish to see Antonio capped for England. "I am hoping Mick still has a chance," said the Hammers boss during a recent press conference.

"But if he wants to go with Jamaica, that is his decision."

Antonio is not the only Premier League star to have been tapped up by the JFF of late; Everton defender Mason Holgate plus Liam Moore the captain of Championship side Reading have also been approached by the Reggae Boyz.

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Should he decide to switch allegiance, Antonio could potentially feature at the next World Cup Finals in 2022.

The COCACEF qualifying matches - in which Jamaica are included - begin this September, although he could be involved in the country's Gold Cup matches prior to that which are scheduled for July.

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