Antonio, Bailey back on Jamaica roster for WCup qualifiers
West Ham forward Michail Antonio and Aston Villa winger Leon Bailey are back on Jamaica’s roster for World Cup qualifiers against El Salvador and the United States.
Antonio, the Premier League player of the month for August, made his Jamaica debut against Panama in Kingston on Sept. 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.
Dropped players included goalkeeper Dennis Taylor, defenders Javain Brown and Ethan Pinnock, midfielders Daniel Johnson and Tyreek Magee, and forward Jamal Lowe.
Jamaica has five points, sixth on goal difference ahead of El Salavador, among the eight nations in the final round of the North and Central America and the Caribbean.
The Reggae Boyz, seeking their first World Cup appearance since 1998, are at El Salvador on Nov. 12 and hosts the U.S. four days later in Kingston.
The U.S. beat Jamaica 2-0 on Oct. 7 in Austin, Texas.
Goalkeepers: Andre Blake (Philadelphia, MLS), Dillon Barnes (Queens Park Rangers, England), 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 Guápiles), Junior Flemmings (Birmingham, USL), Andre Gray (Queens Park Rangers, England), Shamar Nicholson (Charleroi, Belgium), Kemar Roofe (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland)
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