Marc Stamp, Gleaner Writer
Out-of-contract striker, Marlon King, is confirmed among the overseas-based players called for Jamaica men's national senior team crucial final round CONCACAF World Cup qualifier against Panama away on September 6.
King, who retired from international football late last year, reconsidered that position and is now back in the fold under new coach, German Winfried Schafer. Also making a return to the Reggae Boyz outfit are Chris Humphrey and Luton Shelton.
"The full squad will be named tomorrow, but Marlon King, Chris Humphrey and Luton Shelton are among the overseas players expected in the island," Vinimore 'Vin' Blaine, Reggae Boyz assistant coach, told The Gleaner yesterday during a charity match between a Reggae Boyz select team and a British High Commission team at Barbican playing field in St Andrew.
Blaine said that Coach Schafer will officially announce the squad named in preparation for the Panama game, as well as a home fixture against Costa Rica here on September 10.
King suspended last year
King, who is now a free agent after been released by Birmingham City and Humphrey of Preston North End, returns to the Reggae Boyz after being suspended last year for breaking curfew during the CONCACAF semi-final round qualifiers.
Also expected to return is Jamaica's Reggae Boyz all-time leading scorer, Shelton, who was dropped from the squad by then coach, Theodore Whitmore.
Blaine also confirmed that Wes Morgan, captain of English championship team Leicester City, is the only newcomer in the squad. The 29 year-old Morgan plays at central defence.
The Reggae Boyz face a must-win game against Panama, as they are rooted at the bottom of the six-team group on two points from six games. The United States lead on 13 points, followed by Costa Rica (11), Mexico (8), Honduras (7) and Panama (6) as the teams battle for three automatic spots to next year's World Cup in Brazil. The fourth-place finisher will play off for another spot.
Meanwhile, yesterday a Reggae Boyz select team crushed a British High Commission team 12-2 in a 4-minute charity game to assist the Homestead Girls' Home. Waterhouse striker Jermaine 'Tuffy' Anderson scored seven times in the fun-game. Other scorers for the Reggae Boyz were John-Ross Edwards (2) and Kemar Lawrence, Andre Lewis and Jameel Thompson, with a goal apiece. Marvin Palmer netted both goals for the British High Commission.
The British High Commission, in collaboration with the Rotary Club of St Andrew, is seeking to raise at least $10 million to assist the Homestead Girls' Home.