West Ham striker, Michail Antonio has reportedly snubbed England and officially pledged his international future to Jamaica.
Earlier this month, publications revealed that the Jamaica FA were making plans to recruit up to 15 English stars ahead of next year’s World Cup in Qatar.
Joining Antonio on the list were Demarai Gray, Max Aarons, and Liam Moore, and it has now been reported that the West Ham man is the first to confirm his place in the Jamaica squad.
Sky Sports report that Antonio has now definitely pledged his allegiance to the Caribbean island – where his parents were born – in a bid to play more international football having missed out regularly on England squads of late.
Jamaica are also hopeful of persuading Isaac Hayden, Andre Gray, Ethan Pinnock Mason Holgate, Kemar Roofe, Rolando Aarons, Curtis Tilt, Jamal Lowe, Amari’i Bell, and Kasey Palmer to represent them.
JFF President, Michael Ricketts confirmed that many of the players they want to call-up are in the process of acquiring Jamaican passports.
‘I see Andre Gray, Demarai Gray, Isaac Hayden, who actually approached the JFF about representing us, Mason Holgate, Liam Moore, who already has his Jamaican passport, Nathan Redmond, Kemar Roofe, and Ivan Toney. All of these we are in the process of acquiring their Jamaican passports,’ Ricketts confirmed this week.
‘The process is becoming a little tedious because of the pandemic but the process is ongoing and we are hopeful we will get the passports for these gentlemen in reasonable time.
‘We have been having discussions. I just spoke with the Permanent Secretary for Sport and he has agreed to try and help us to facilitate and to expedite the process.’