West Ham's Michail Antonio to accept invitation to join Jamaica's Reggae Boyz - report

By February 25, 2021

Jamaica’s World Cup campaign is set to be bolstered by the addition of West Ham striker Michail Antonio, who reports say, is to accept an invitation from the Jamaica Football Federation to represent the Reggae Boyz.

According to a report in the Telegraph newspaper in the United Kingdom, Jamaica wants to secure the powerful West Ham forward in time for the CONCACAF qualifiers in September against Mexico and Costa Rica.

However, JFF General Secretary Dalton Wint told Sportsmax.TV this morning that the player has shown some interest but nothing has been confirmed.

Should there be a successful transfer of allegiance, Antonio would join the likes of Ravel Morrison, Gregory Leigh, and Daniel Johnson as UK-born players who have chosen to represent Jamaica in the past three months and who debuted during two international friendlies against Saudi Arabia in November 2020.

He would also be player ranks that include the talented Leon Bailey, who now plies his skills with Bayer Leverkusen in Germany’s Bundesliga.

Jamaica, the report said, had tried to secure Antonio’s skills from 2016 but the player preferred to focus on his chances of representing England. Antonio, 30, has been part of England squads but has yet to make his England debut.

Sam Allardyce called Antonio up to the England squad in August 2016 for a 2018 World Cup qualification match against Slovakia in Slovakia on September 4, 2016, but was an unused substitute.

England manager Gareth Southgate called Antonio to the England squad in March 2017 for a friendly international against Germany and again for the 2018 World Cup qualifier against Lithuania later that month.

However, Antonio withdrew from the squad after picking up a hamstring injury.

Antonio has scored six goals from 14 starts for West Ham so far this season.

In 1998, when Jamaica qualified for the World Cup in France, the team was bolstered by the inclusion of Deon Burton, Paul Hall, Robbie Earle, and Frank Sinclair.

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