Reggae Boyz to arrive early in El Salvador for World Cup qualifier | Loop Jamaica

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Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz are scheduled to depart on Monday for El Salvador, giving coach Theodore Whitmore three days with the squad before their World Cup qualification match.

The players based in Europe are scheduled to arrive at the Norman Manley Airport in Kingston at 4:30 pm on Monday, where they will join the local delegation on a charter leaving at 7:00 pm.

The players based in the USA and Costa Rica will fly directly to San Salvador on the same afternoon.

As World Cup qualifying nears the halfway point, Jamaica will have a full-strength roster available away to El Salvador on November 12 and at home to the USA four days later.

West Ham forward Michail Antonio and Aston Villa winger Leon Bailey are back on Jamaica’s roster.

Antonio, the Premier League player of the month for August, made his Jamaica debut against Panama in Kingston on September 5. He was on the initial roster for last month’s qualifiers but withdrew, citing travel and logistical difficulties.

Bailey missed the October matches with a muscle injury.

Philadelphia forward Cory Burke and Morecambe defender Gregory Leigh also were added to the roster announced Tuesday along with midfielders Anthony Grant of Swindon, Ravel Morrison of Derby, and Lemar Walker of Miami.

Dillon Barnes and Andre Gray are injured and are replaced by Dwayne Miller and Javain Brown respectively.

Dropped players included goalkeeper Dennis Taylor, defenders Javain Brown and Ethan Pinnock, midfielders Daniel Johnson and Tyreek Magee, and forward Jamal Lowe.

Jamaica will return to the island by charter on Saturday, November 13 before taking on the USA on Tuesday, November 16, at the National Stadium in Kingston, where a maximum of 5000 vaccinated spectators are expected to attend.

The USA beat Jamaica 2-0 on October 7 in Austin, Texas.

The Reggae Boyz have five points after six of 14 games. They are sixth on goal difference ahead of El Salvador, among the eight nations in the final round of the North and Central America and the Caribbean qualifiers.

Mexico are leading with 14 points, three ahead of the USA on 11. The top two are followed by Canada (10), Panama (8), Costa Rica (6), Jamaica (5), El Salvador (5) and Honduras (3).

The top three of eight teams qualifies from North and Central America and the Caribbean, and No. 4 advances to a playoff.

The roster:

Goalkeepers: Andre Blake (Philadelphia, MLS), Dwayne Miller, Jeadine White (Cavalier)
Defenders: Oniel Fisher (LA Galaxy, MLS), Damion Lowe (Al-Ittihad, Egypt), Kemar Lawrence (Toronto, MLS), Gregory Leigh (Morecambe, England), Adrian Mariappa (no club), Liam Moore (Reading, England), Alvas Powell (Philadelphia, MLS).

Midfielders: Bobby Decordova-Reid (Fulham, England), Anthony Grant (Swindon, England), Ravel Morrison (Derby, England), Lemar Walker (Miami), Je-Vaughn Watson (Humble Lions), Devon Williams (Miami, MLS),

Forwards: Michail Antonio (West Ham, England), Leon Bailey (Aston Villa, England), Cory Burke (Philadelphia), Javon East (Santos de Guapiles), Junior Flemmings (Birmingham, USL), Javain Brown (Vancouver Whitecaps FC, USA), Shamar Nicholson (Charleroi, Belgium), Kemar Roofe (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland)