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Fletcher grateful for national debut

Published:Monday | February 6, 2017 | 12:00 AM

National striker Jourdaine Fletcher said that despite the conditions in his debut game for the Jamaica senior men's team being unusual to him, he enjoyed the experience.

Fletcher got his first international cap in the last seven minutes of the Reggae Boyz's 1-0 loss to the United States in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on Friday night and he said that getting used to the climate was challenging.

"It was very, very, very cold," he said. "I couldn't feel my fingers and my toes were numb, but it was a very great experience."

He said that although his performance had not gone as well as he had pictured it in his head ahead of the game, he made the most of the time he got on the field.

"It was a faster pace (than playing in Jamaica) because the pitch was very fast," he told The Gleaner. "I was thinking about scoring a goal, but I didn't get enough time to do what I wanted to, but I did well in the time that I got, so I'm grateful for that."

The 19 year-old said that he is optimistic about his next opportunity to represent the country when the team faces Honduras. He said that he feels no pressure to perform, given the public demand to see him on the national team.

"I'm not pressured because I know I'm a great player and I will play to the best of my ability," he said.