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Moyes holds out Mikey hope

David Moyes says he still hopes Michail Antonio gets an England call-up!

Reports this week have suggested that the Hammers star is switching his allegiance from the Three Lions to Jamaica as he bids to play at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Antonio is able to switch his allegiance because he has never won a full cap for England, and he is eligible to play for the Caribbean nation as his parents were born there.

Ahead of this weekend’s clash with Manchester City. Moyes was asked about the prospect of Antonio playing for Jamaica, who are ranked 47th in the world by FIFA.

And he admits that, while he still wants to see Mikey turn out for England, he has no qualms about seeing him make the switch.

Quoted by Football.London, he said: “I only heard about it yesterday afternoon, I have not had a direct conversation with Mick about it yet. I am still holding out that Mick will play for England and may have the chance to be selected and if he scores lots of goals that might be an opportunity.

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“But if he chose to go for Jamaica I would certainly not say no to that, that would be his decision, but I have not really had an opportunity to have a conversation with him.”

It is something of a tragedy that Antonio has never got a call-up for England, given his years of excellent service to the Hammers, and in various positions too!

Their loss is Jamaica’s gain!

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About Dave Langton

A journalist with 10 years' experience of working on National newspapers, now chief reporter covering the club that I've loved since I was a boy. Upton Park remains the greatest football stadium ever built.

2 comments on “Moyes holds out Mikey hope

  1. Michail Antonio would be the first name on my teamsheet and picking his own position. Ideally, I would be England manager. Shameful that Gareth Southgate will only consider players who have been through the professional coaching classes from the age of five. Too uncertain of himself to pick a winning team. Can’t blame him for that – probably avoiding criticism is uppermost in his thinking of his long career in charge of the English game. Anyway England’s loss will be Jamaica’s gain. All the very best to you, Michail. Enjoy your football. Don’t take any advice from Ravel, though!

  2. He will play for Jamaica. Enjoy the experience!

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