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Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Jamaica Reportedly Want to Play England

[Would be nice if the game was arranged and if Langley could play at Loftus Road...! Time will tell.]

Jamaican Football Federation in Talks With the English Football Association For Jamaica vs England Friendly Fixture

Submitted by Pavlos Skoufis on Tue, 2005-12-27
According to Jamaican Press reports, Jamaica is close to arranging the date for one of the toughest International Friendly games for the national team in 2006. The game will probably be England's last test before the World Cup 2006 tournament kicks-off.
Sky Sports in England is reporting that the match date is on the 3rd of June, just a few days before the opening game of the World Cup 2006. However, the president of the Jamaican Football Federation (JFF), Crenston Boxhill, insisted that the English FA had yet to confirm the fixture.
"We have been in discussion for the last two weeks and discussions have been going well. A number of dates and venues have come up including that date but we have had no confirmation. It is just a matter of time before we come to some agreement," Boxhill told reporters about the issue.
The England team have been seeded on top of Group B and will play against Paraguay, Trinidad & Tobago and Sweden. England are keen for this fixture, as Trinidad and Tobago are the Caribbean's second ranked team. England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson is looking forward to this fixture, which will probably be played just days before the tournament kicks-off.
The technical Director of the Jamaican team, Wendell Downswell, who took over from Carl Brown and Sebastiao Lazaroni after Jamaica failed to qualify for the World Soccer tournament, told reporters that "it is a game that we are really looking forward to."
"The fact that we are playing 'the mother country' and in England too will make it an even bigger event. It will be an excellent test for us. The whole marketability of our team will be enhanced if we perform well and we are trying to get a number of quality games before that."
"The English see this as a significant preparation for them as they will be playing a Caribbean team in the World Cup and being the top team in the Caribbean it would help them to play us," he added.
Downswell revealed that the target for the JFF is to arrange one fixture each month. The Federation has also been in contact with both the Paraguayan Football Federation and the Swedish Football Federation, who seem interested to play an International Friendly with Jamaica, as Paraguay and Sweden will also play against Trinidad & Tobago.
The Jamaican Technical Director also said that the Federation is in talks with other teams that have qualified for the World Cup 2006 tournament, to be hosted in Germany next summer.

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