May 13, 2021

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Michail Antonio not selected in the Jamaican team for the American shock


Michail Antonio has not been named to the Jamaican squad for their upcoming friendly with the United States, despite numerous reports that he has decided to change his allegiance from England.

Head coach Theodore Whitmore has named a 19-man squad for their upcoming clash with Gregg Berhalter’s side, but the West Ham forward was notably absent, suggesting he is still considering the decision.

Antonio has already been called up to the England senior squad by Sam Allardyce and Gareth Southgate, although he failed to win a cap on either occasion.

Michail Antonio has been in great shape this season for West Ham
Michail Antonio has been in great shape this season for West Ham | Clive Rose / Getty Images

The former Nottingham Forest man was approached in 2016 by the Jamaican FA over their transfer of allegiance, but their advances were rejected. However, with another call to the Three Lions team sounding unlikely, Antonio reportedly decided to represent Reggae Boyz instead.

The leader was expected to be named to the 19-man squad to take on the United States, although the BBC reports that – for reasons that remain unclear – he did not make the cut.

One possible explanation why Antonio was not included in the 19-man squad is that he is waiting for another call to the England squad.

It is still unclear why Michail Antonio was not called up to the Jamaican squad
It is still unclear why Michail Antonio was not called up to the Jamaican squad | Pool / Getty Images

The leader is in good shape this season, scoring seven goals and three assists as West Ham continue their efforts to bring European football to London Stadium next season.

Among those selected for Jamaica’s upcoming clash are Watford forward Andre Gray and Reading center-back Liam Moore.

The 19-man squad included four other England-born players, along with Blackburn’s left-back Amari’i Bell,
Wigan defender Curtis Tilt, Brentford center-back Ethan Pinnock and Rotherham center-back Wes Harding have also been named to the squad.

Jamaica’s friendly match with the United States will take place at 5:00 p.m. (GMT) on March 25 in Wiener Neustadt, Austria.