West Ham Michail Antonio to switch England allegiance to Jamaica to play at 2022 World Cup

West Ham Michail Antonio to switch England allegiance to Jamaica to play at 2022 World Cup

Antonio to switch to Jamaica

Michail Antonio has decided to switch allegiances from England to Jamaica in order to play at the Qatar 2022 World Cup.

Despite being called up to the England squad on a number of occasions, he was unable to play for the first team squad. An injury when called up by Gareth Southgate in 2017 prevented him from doing so.

‘Michail Antonio was withdrawn from the squad after being assessed by both the Hammers’ and the England medical teams and will remain at Rush Green during the international break,’ read a statement from West Ham confirming his hamstring injury. The last time he would join up with the squad.

Prior to this he was named in Sam Allardyce’s squad for his brief stint as England manager.

Since then, the number of English strikers available to Southgate has increased exponentially. Although Antonio has maintained good form in the Premier League, the likes of Harry Kane, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Danny Ings and Marcus Rashford have all continued to play a equal, if not higher, level.

Antonio rejected Jamaica

Antonio will now join Jamaica whom he rejected in 2016. He had hopes of a call-up to the England squad which were soon answered however it failed to work out for him.

“Jamaica called but if I keep doing what I’m doing hopefully I can get an England call,” said Antonio in 2016 having just been bought by West Ham.

West Ham Michail Antonio to switch England allegiance to Jamaica to play at 2022 World Cup

LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 10: Michail Antonio of West Ham United looks dejected during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Burnley at London Stadium on March 10, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)

“You can see it with Dele Alli, he’s come from League One and he’s already in the England squad. You see it with Vardy. Hopefully I can get the call-up as well.”

Antonio will join up with fellow Premier League players Michael Hector and Bobby Decordova-Reid as well as highly-rated Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey.

Philadelphia Union keeper Andre Blake, one of the MLS’s highest rated keepers, add further quality to a team who are increasing in quality. Could they provide an upset should they reach the 2022 World Cup.

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