West Ham’s Antonio pulls out of Jamaica squad due to ‘logistical & travel’ woes

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MICHAIL ANTONIO risks upsetting the Jamaicans by pulling out of their squad for three crucial qualifiers at the last minute, claiming logistical problems.

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West Ham striker Antonio was due to join the Reggae Boys today.

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Michael Antonio pulls out of Jamaica’s upcoming World Cup qualifierscredit: Rex
West Ham ace out of international duty a day before departure

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West Ham ace out of international duty a day before departurecredit: Rex

It was for matches against USA, Canada and Honduras that would go a long way in deciding whether they can qualify for Qatar 2022.

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But the 31-year-old, who has played only once for the country, got ducked a day earlier due to reports.

And that left the Jamaica Football Federation, which worked hard to get him a passport over the summer, short.

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The news would be a welcome boost for Hammer boss David Moyes, who had concerns about the impact traveling across the Atlantic would have on the star, which has been plagued by injury problems in recent years.

Still it is not clear whether all parties involved were happy with the situation, although despite Antonio’s statement all agreed that it was the best course of action.

There have been suggestions in the Caribbean that Antonio was asking to work with a personal physio instead of the Jamaican medical team.

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He said: “I can confirm that unfortunately, I will not be joining the Jamaica national team for the World Cup qualifying matches this week.

“I, West Ham United and Jamaica all agree that, given the logistics and travel difficulties currently involved, it is better for me to stay with the club in London for the time being.

“I am fully committed to Jamaica and look forward to representing my country in the future.”

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