West Ham boss David Moyes says Michail Antonio shouldn’t surrender hope of an England call-up regardless of being approached by Jamaica.
The 30-year-old Hammers striker was born in London to Jamaican mother and father – and was beforehand approached in 2016 – however is now regarded as weighing up his choices as soon as once more and is eager to assist Jamaica qualify for the World Cup.
Antonio was referred to as as much as earlier England squads beneath each Sam Allardyce and Gareth Southgate, however has but to play, that means the previous Sheffield Wednesday and Notting Forest ahead might change alliances.
“I’m nonetheless holding out he has an opportunity to get picked for England,” Moyes stated of Antonio, whose kind has been excellent for the reason that Scottish supervisor returned to the London Stadium final season, with 15 targets in 33 matches.
“I would not say no to Jamaica however I have not spoken to him about it.”
Antonio’s 2020-21 season has been disrupted by hamstring points, however he returned to the beginning line-up for Sunday’s 2-1 victory over London rivals Tottenham and performed the complete 90 minutes.
He has registered six targets and three assists in 16 Premier League video games this season.
‘I’ve acquired no intentions of going anyplace’
Moyes additionally insisted he has no intention of leaving West Ham having guided them to fourth within the Premier League, with the Hammers seeking to end inside the highest 4 for the primary time since 1986 with 13 video games left.
Neil Lennon’s departure from Celtic has led to the Scot being linked with a return to Parkhead, the place he started his enjoying profession.
Moyes has a clause in his contract which ought to see it prolonged past this season, whereas co-owner David Sullivan is anticipated to supply him an improved deal.
Moyes stated: “I’ve acquired no intentions of going anyplace. I’ve already spoken to David Sullivan, we’re updated and issues are quietly ticking alongside.
“I do not need something to get in the way in which of what we’re doing simply now. I am not going to come back out and say I am signing an enormous contract or doing the rest that in any means may change issues round.
“I simply actually need to go concerning the job and attempt to be skilled.”
West Ham return to motion on Saturday after they face leaders Manchester Metropolis – who’ve gained their final 19 video games in all competitions – on the Etihad Stadium.