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Jamaican footballers celebrate with Leicester City

Published:Wednesday | May 4, 2016 | 5:00 AM
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Wes Morgan just made history as the first Jamaican international to win the English Premier League football title as captain of winning team Leicester City.

However, he isn't the only person of Jamaican heritage to have played for the new English top-flight champions.

A year before Morgan was born in 1984, Robert 'Bob' Hazell played for Leicester City while they were still in the English first division.

Hazell was born in Kingston in 1959 and later migrated to the United Kingdom. He joined Leicester City in 1983 and played for the team for three years from 1983 to 1986. He helped the East Midlands club to a 15th-place finish in the 1984-85, season before being loaned out to Wolverhampton Wanderers for a short spell.

During his period with Leicester, he made 41 appearances and scored two goals. Hazell never played for Jamaica, but he did represent the England Under-21 squad, playing one game in 1978.

Frank Sinclair, who helped Jamaica qualify for the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France, also played for Leicester City.

Sinclair played for dethroned English champions Chelsea from 1990-1998, playing for a season with West Bromwich Albion from 1991-1992 on loan and then moved to Leicester City from 1998 until 2004, making 164 appearances for the club and scoring three goals in his time there.

Most recently, Jermaine Beckford, who joined the Reggae Boyz set-up in early 2013, played for Leicester between 2011 and 2013. Beckford made 43 appearances for the Foxes, scoring nine goals in total.