For­mer Eng­land youth cap­tain cleared to play for T&T

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, (CMC): FOR­MER ENG­LAND un­der-17 cap­tain John Bo­s­tock has been cleared to rep­re­sent Trinidad and Tobago as they be­gin prepa­ra­tions for Fri­day’s open­ing game of the CONCACAF World Cup fi­nal round of qual­i­fiers.

Bo­s­tock, who rep­re­sented Eng­land up to un­der-19 level, is now el­i­gi­ble to play for the Soca War­riors based on of­fi­cial clear­ance re­ceived by the Trinidad and Tobago Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (TTFA) from FIFA on Mon­day.

London-born Bo­s­tock, 24, can­not play for any other coun­try from now on based on FIFA rules for play­ers switch­ing na­tion­al­ity.

“It’s good news for us,” T&T head coach Stephen Hart, said while thank­ing the TTFA for se­cur­ing the nec­es­sary doc­u­men­ta­tion for Bo­s­tock.

“Ob­vi­ously, it’s been a long time for this to come through, go­ing back to March, and I would like to thank the FA for tak­ing all the nec­es­sary steps and see­ing it through to the end.”

Since leav­ing Eng­land, Bo­s­tock has en­joyed suc­cess in Bel­gium and has helped OH Leu­ven gain pro­mo­tion and is now seek­ing to lead RC Lens back to top-flight foot­ball in France.

Bo­s­tock, whose fa­ther is Trinidad and Tobago-born, was in line to make his T&T de­but dur­ing the semi-fi­nal rounds of the qual­i­fiers but was de­layed due to prob­lems with his pa­per­work.

He was among sev­eral play­ers ab­sent on Mon­day when the squad started its prepa­ra­tions for Fri­day’s World Cup qual­i­fier against Costa Rica but is ex­pected to ar­rive in the coun­try on Tues­day.

T&T fol­low up their Costa Rica fix­ture by clash­ing with Hon­duras in a dif­fi­cult away trip to the Es­ta­dio Olimpico Metropoli­tano in San Pe­dro Sula on Novem­ber 15.

BO­S­TOCK

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