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Boyz squad ready for Cup start

Published:Tuesday | June 5, 2012 | 12:00 AM
Panama's Amilcar Henriquez (left) and Armando Cooper fight for the ball against Jamaica's Demar Phillips (centre) during a friendly international football match in Panama City last Friday night. Panama won 2-1.-AP

JAMAICA'S coaching staff has named a 23-man squad for its two CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying (WCQ) Semi-final Round matches against Guatemala and Antigua & Barbuda.

The Jamaicans will tackle Guatemala in their WCQ opener on Friday at the National Stadium, before jetting off for the clash four days later against the Antiguans in St John's on June 12.

This squad was named after Jamaica completed its warm-up match schedule with back-to-back losses against Panama: 1-0 at the National Stadium on Sunday, May 27 and 2-1 in Panama City last Friday night.

A number of those selected were members of the winning Digicel Caribbean Championship team, and the CONCACAF Gold Cup group that was eliminated by the United States in the semi-finals.

They include Dwayne Miller, Demar Phillips, Jermaine Taylor, Keammar Daley, Luton Shelton, Ryan Johnson, Je-Vaughn Watson, Dane Richards, Rodolph Austin and Jason Morrison.

Stoke City striker Ricardo Fuller and goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts number among the most experienced, while recalled central defensive duo, Claude Davis and Damion Stewart, have also been included.

no World Cup experience

As many as 11 of the players selected have no prior World Cup experience, and Nyron Nosworthy, Xavian Virgo, Adrian Mariappa, Rohan Reid, Ewan Grandison, Joel Senior, Errol Stevens and Tramaine Stewart have only represented the country in close to five senior internationals.

On Sunday, notification was served that English-based attackers Marlon King and Chris Humphrey were dropped for the first two matches for a breach of 'curfew' rules during their recent Panama tour.

SQUAD: Donovan Ricketts, Dwayne Miller, Demar Phillips, Xavian Virgo, Nyron Nosworthy, Damion Stewart, Adrian Mariappa, Claude Davis, Lovel Palmer, Jermaine Taylor, Rohan Reid, Ewan Grandison, Joel Senior, Errol Stevens, Keammar Daley, Luton Shelton, Ryan Johnson, Ricardo Fuller, Je-Vaughn Watson, Dane Richards, Tramaine Stewart, Rodolph Austin and Jason Morrison.