West Ham supervisor David Moyes has urged Michail Antonio not to surrender hope of an England call-up earlier than completely switching his allegiance to Jamaica.
Antonio was reported within the Telegraph to be contemplating representing the Caribbean island in a bid to assist the “Reggae Boyz” qualify for his or her first World Cup since 1998.
The 30-year-old striker was born in London to Jamaican dad and mom and has beforehand rejected overtures from the Jamaican FA in favour of gaining worldwide soccer with England. Antonio has been a member of the Three Lions squads below each Sam Allardyce and Gareth Southgate however has not made an look for England.
His membership supervisor Moyes has mentioned the striker shouldn’t but quit hope of one other England call-up. He mentioned: “I solely discovered about it yesterday and I’ve not had a direct dialog with Mick.
“I’m nonetheless holding out he has an opportunity to get picked for England. I would not say no to Jamaica however I have never spoken to him about it.”
Jamaica start their World Cup qualifying marketing campaign in September with robust fixtures in opposition to Mexico and Costa Rice and Moyes is cautious of the journey and sport time Antonio would face had been he to decide on the nation of his dad and mom’ start.
“Yeah, there could be [reservations] due to his damage file,” mentioned Moyes.
“He must hold himself in high kind so I could not truthfully say the journey could be a assist to him, however possibly for Mick with the age he’s in his profession he most likely hoped to be recognised by England however England have an amazing high quality of centre-forward at their disposal.
“If Mick can rating one other half dozen earlier than the top of the season within the large video games and assist West Ham end close to the highest of the league it’s not to say that Gareth will not have a look at him and say ‘hey he may give us one thing completely different within the Euros’.”
Antonio has missed ten matches this season with three completely different accidents however has nonetheless managed to seize six objectives in 16 league appearances, together with an early strike on Sunday in opposition to Tottenham as West Ham went onto win 2-1 and transfer into the highest 4.
“He’s doing an amazing job and understanding the position significantly better. He’s obtained expertise along with his age however possibly simply the extra video games he will get as a centre-forward the extra understanding he’ll get of the position, taking on the positions and holding the ball up on the proper time.'” mentioned Moyes.
Nevertheless, the boss nonetheless thinks there are areas of his sport the place Antonio can enhance: “Typically he chooses to run when he ought to keep nonetheless and generally he holds onto it too lengthy when he ought to have launched it and obtained away. However stepping into the field and getting on the top of issues, he’s been superb at that.”
Moyes added: “He’s obtained the uncooked attributes to trigger folks issues however typically simply understanding the instances to run, instances to remain nonetheless and the positions to take up within the field to get your self a objective.
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“Mickey’s largest factor is sustaining a degree of health as a result of his energy and tempo are so vital to him so discovering a approach of preserving himself on the high degree for the video games might be vital going ahead.”
If Antonio doesn’t obtain a call-up from Southgate within the close to future his supervisor would perceive given the variety of choices the England boss at present has at his disposal:
“We all know the standard England have gotten, Danny Ings, [Dominic] Calvert-Lewin, and I am not even speaking about Harry Kane in the meanwhile, there’s additionally Tammy Abraham and one or two others,” mentioned Moyes.
“There’s a actual high quality of centre-forward that England have gotten however I’ll let Mick make the choice and make the decision.”