André Lowe, Senior Staff Reporter
Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) president, Captain Horace Burrell, will be heading to England later today along with head coach Theodore Whitmore and his assistant, Alfredo Montesso, hoping to convince exiled striker Marlon King to consider a return to the programme.
The striker is, however, not the only player that Burrell and his team will be looking to convince to be part of the nation's World Cup push, with young Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling also expected to get a visit from the JFF team, as well as a host of other players.
King, though, is a priority.
He was banned for two games earlier this year after reportedly breaking a team curfew after a practice game against Panama, but has since not been recalled to the team, missing five World Cup Qualifiers (WCQ) despite the expiration of his ban.
The in-form Birmingham City striker was said to have been told that he was not part of the plans at the moment, but with the Reggae Boyz set to start their final-round CONCACAF qualification commitments for the 2014 FIFA World Cup early next year, Burrell is believed to be keen on pulling all his aces into the pack.
According to information reaching The Gleaner, Whitmore and Montesso were brought along primarily to settle whatever differences they may have with the striker, something that King's agent, Tony Finnegan, says is interesting.
Finnegan said there are persons in the JFF delegation that not too long ago made it clear to his client that he was not part of the team's plans.
"The Brazilian told him that he didn't fit in the plans of the technical team, and for a player that has always scored so many goals at all levels throughout his career, that certainly did not go down too well with Marlon (King)," Finnegan said. "The way in which it was done was also a concern.
"It's a strange situation actually, but it's going to be interesting to see how it goes because we understand that the JFF president is coming here with (Alfredo) Montesso and (Theodore) Whitmore to have a talk, but as I said, I don't know what Marlon is going to do."
Finnegan added: "He loves his country and loves playing for the team and, of course, we all want to see the team qualify for the World Cup."
King has so far scored seven goals in 14 appearances for the Championship club so far this season.
Sterling, 17, has been a rare bright spark for Liverpool this season and was handed a call-up by England manager Roy Hodgson for a WCQ against Ukraine. He was, how-ever, never used and Burrell, quoted by the Daily Mail, made his intentions clear.
"Based on the FIFA rules, Raheem is still eligible for us. We think it is worthwhile to speak," Burrell was quoted as saying.