West Ham have been handed a big boost with the news that Michail Antonio will not be traveling to Mexico and Costa Rica for Jamaica’s World Cup qualifying games this month.
The Daily Mail confirms that Antonio will only play for Jamaica against Panama on Sunday September 5th.
The 31-year-old is the Hammers’ only centre-forward.
Sure, David Moyes can play Jarrod Bowen or Andriy Yarmolenko through the middle but neither of them offer what the Jamaica international does.
Antonio really is vital to our hopes of success this season. So it was a big blow when he was called up by Jamaica with 14 international games scheduled between now and March next year. Especially considering the problems he has had with his hamstrings over the past couple of years.
West Ham handed Antonio boost
The 31-year-old will only be playing one game for Jamaica during this particular international break.
That’s due to Costa Rica and Mexico being on the red travel list.
Happy days! The thought of Micky playing three times for Jamaica in quick succession and then returning to West Ham to play Premier League football again was an incredibly scary one.
We can breath…for now.
Antonio signing up to play for Jamaica is far from ideal but nobody can begrudge him the chance of playing in a World Cup. He should have been given a chance by England. And Gareth Southgate may well regret not calling up the Premier League’s most in-form front-man.