Stuart Pearce raved about West Ham United ace Michail Antonio after he chose to represent Jamaica ahead of England when speaking to talkSPORT yesterday.
The Hammers first-team coach also floated a potential theory as to why the 31-year-old hasn’t been selected for England over the past few years.
Antonio committed to the Jamaica national team a couple of months ago and he made his debut last night for the Reggae Boyz during their 3-0 defeat to Panama.
It is such a shame that Micky never got a chance for England. He certainly would have provided Gareth Southgate with an entirely different option off the bench.
Especially against the tougher teams who are harder to break down.
Stuart Pearce has Michail Antonio England / Jamaica theory
The powerful West Ham ace is in the form of his life at the moment. It’s a shame that he is wasting his international career with a team that is incredibly poor.
It’s not Micky’s fault though. What option did he have when it was clear to see that Gareth Southgate was’t going to pick him for the England team?
Stuart Pearce spoke to talkSPORT and floated a potential theory as to why Antonio hasn’t been fancied by recent England management:
“I signed him at Nottingham Forest as a winger, and it was at that level of consistency you are always striving for. His level of professionalism, his level of consistency have gone through the roof working under David and David’s really getting the best out of him. And I think from a mixed point of view, he’s really enjoying his football. Whether his injuries now and then has stopped him from getting a level of consistency in the view of the England managers, who knows. I think he’s due to play for Jamaica this weekend and he’d be looking and saying ‘Can I qualify for the World Cup and play at the World Cup?’.”
It really is a shame that Antonio has suffered so many problems with his hamstrings in the past.
On his day, he is electric. And the 31-year-old would have undoubtedly already have a plethora of England caps under his belt had he not experienced so many injury problems.
So Pearce is probably spot on.
All we can hope for now is that Antonio doesn’t suffer any injuries whilst on international duty with Jamaica.