West Ham boss David Moyes has confirmed that Michail Antonio made the decision not to link up with the Jamaica national team due to an issue with travel logistics.
The 31-year-old Hammers attacker pledged his allegiance to Jamaica earlier this year having been consistently overlooked by England.
The decision was met with trepidation and even criticism from some West Ham fans.
Antonio is notoriously injury-prone and has suffered badly with hamstring problems over the past few years.
So the fact that he had more international games to play was a undoubted concern.
Added to that, Micky committing to Jamaica rather than England meant that he would be traveling roughly 10,000 miles on aeroplanes every international break.
It seems as though the Hammers fans’ fears may have been allayed somewhat though.
West Ham boss David Moyes shares Michail Antonio Jamaica decision
The Scot was speaking to reporters this afternoon and responded when asked about the 31-year-old striker’s absence from the Jamaica squad during the latest round of international fixtures, as quoted by Football.London:
“I think he has been firing on all cylinders and I hope he’s well rested and has got some good training in. He chose not to go with Jamaica in the end because he felt that some of the logistics weren’t correct, and we’re hoping he can continue with the good form he’s been in since the beginning of the season.”
That really is good to know.
The fact that Antonio is making decisions regarding his international future with West Ham’s best interests at heart is very encouraging.
Committing to Jamaica having just signed a new contract was a questionable move.
If they had the chance to qualify for the World Cup we could almost understand it. But that’s simply not the case, they really are one of the worst international teams in world football.
And with his injury record, Micky playing international football really seems like a disaster waiting to happen.
Moyes’s comments today prove that we don’t have anything to worry about, however.
Antonio is putting West Ham first and that’s exactly how it should be.