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Dawkins: I want to play for Jamaica in the World Cup

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Dawkins: I want to play for Jamaica in the World Cup


Villa loanee Simon Dawkins has set his sights on representing Jamaica in the 2014 World Cup - and he could yet face Brad Guzan in qualifying.

London-born Dawkins is eligible for Jamaica because his grandparents were born on the island.

He has declared his desire to represent the country and said he has had positive talks with the Jamaica Football Federation.

Dawkins is now waiting for his citizenship to be formalised and will be hoping he is eligible to take on Guzan when USA travel to face Jamaica on June 7 for a qualifying encounter.

He said: "My grandparents are both Jamaican.

"I'm in the process of having my citizenship done, so I would be eligible to play.

"I missed the game against Mexico at the beginning of February. That was a game I wanted to play in but I couldn't.

"So hopefully I can get all that sorted soon. I'm the process of registering myself and Jamaica are very interested in me too.

"It would be great to be involved in international football. We're in the last stages of the World Cup qualifiers. It would be massive to be involved in that.

"And to play for Jamaica would make my family very happy, especially my grandparents. They would be very proud."

Jamaica are fourth in a group of six in 'North, Central America and Caribbean' with one point from one game.

They are a solitary point behind Honduras who are first with three points from one game.

The Reggae Boyz are currently competing in the region's traditional 'hexagonal' stage.

Six teams meet in a home-and-away format between February 6 and October 15 with the top three sides qualifying directly for the tournament in Brazil.

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By @AVFCOfficial 21st March 2013
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