West Ham United star Michail Antonio could call it a day when it comes to his international career after just one appearance for Jamaica following a big decision.
That’s according to West Ham insiders Claret and Hugh who have strong sources inside the club.
As reported by Hammers News earlier this week, there was confusion over Antonio’s call-up for Jamaica’s October internationals after West Ham did not acknowledge his selection in articles about the club’s international players.
Moyes was facing biggest Antonio worry yet but striker pulled out of Jamaica squad
David Moyes was facing up to his biggest Antonio worry yet in what promised to be a gruelling 10,000 mile round trip with three games in six days for West Ham’s injury prone forward.
While great news for West Ham, the snub will undoubtedly raise eyebrows in Jamaica as nine other players from UK clubs will be linking up with the squad.
In his statement, Antonio stated his future commitment to representing Jamaica, who face an almost impossible task in qualifying for the Qatar 2022 World Cup.
Big decision could see Hammers star call it a day when it comes to his international career says insider
But West Ham insiders Claret and Hugh claim the withdrawal could ultimately see the striker retire from international football after just one appearance – 70 minutes of a 3-0 defeat to Panama last month.
“With the team bottom of their qualifying group with just one point from three games it seems likely they will be exiting the competition by the end of next week,” Claret and Hugh state in a story headlined ‘Mikey’s international career looks over’.
“And should that be the case there will be little point in him continuing to be involved as he heads to wards the age of 32 and the Jamaicans looking set to rebuild the squad…
‘The reality is now that his international career could be at an end’ – insider
“He has wisely chosen not to stretch his body to that extent over three games and the reality is now that his international career could be at an end after one appearance for the country.”
Choosing to represent Jamaica appeared to be born out of frustration at continual snubs from England boss Gareth Southgate.
Antonio had twice been called up by England in the past but failed to make an appearance.
Injury prone striker should be doing everything he can to prolong club career
Playing for one’s country is undoubtedly an honour.
But Antonio should be doing everything he can to protect and prolong his club career.
And travelling thousands of miles across the globe six times a year playing extra games is not the best way to do that.