Williamson aims to make second chance count for Reggae Boyz
Lee Williamson, who gets a second chance with the national senior team after seven years, is eager to prove what he is capable of. The Blackburn Rovers midfielder is confident he can tie down a regular starting place in Winfried Sch‰fer's World Cup squad.
Williamson, who arrived with five other members of the Reggae Boyz squad at the Norman Manley International Airport last evening, was called up in May 2008 by Brazilian RenÈ Simies for the 2010 World Cup qualifiers, but sustained an injury and was forced to miss the opportunity.
The 33-year-old is excited about his call-up and is eager to prove he has the quality to keep his spot.
"I can't wait. It's exciting times, and I am glad to be back in the squad," he told reporters.
"I am pleased with myself. It's been a while now, seven-odd years since I came over, and this time I'm looking to play," he said.
The player believes that his form for Blackburn in the English League One Championship was the main reason for his recall and wants to demonstrate his ability to the fans and contribute to the team's progress.
"I've been playing regular football in the championship in England, and that must be one of the main reasons, (for recall), as I am playing in a good league in England.
"I still haven't left my hunger, and I can't wait to get out there. Hopefully, I'll start in the first game and the second game as well. It's going to be an exciting game, and I'm looking for a good performance," he continued.
"Hopefully, I will be able to hold down my position. I am playing for a good team in England. Last season, I played 35 games for Blackburn and, hopefully, I can bring that form over here as we've got two games and we've got to win," he said.
The other players who arrived yesterday were Adrian Mariappa, Simon Dawkins, Giles Barnes, Chris Humphreys, and Joel Grant.