and T&T to play last Internationals before World
the World Cup International friendly games are almost
completed and two of the top teams favored to make it
through to the 2006 quarters finals in Germany have
secured games against Jamaica Reggae Boyz and Trinidad
and Tobago Soca Warriors.
Federation confirmed that they will be playing against
England on June 3, at Wembley Stadium and are looking
forward to entertaining their fans. They see it as a
glorious opportunity for the Reggae Boyz to start
rebuilding their team after a surprising exit from the
CONCACAF preliminary round. Jamaica is currently ranked
42 in the world and is quite capable of putting on a
good show providing they continue to treat the game as a
motivating factor to exhibit their style and show that
they can still play at the elite level. In doing that
they would also be sending a message to the world of
their intension for 2010.
Tobago who is in the World Cup has also confirmed that
their Soca Warriors will be hosted by the Czech Republic
team on June 3 for their game in Prague. This is a tough
friendly for the Warriors because the Czechs are ranked
#2 and are favored by the experts to reach at least the
semi final with a real chance of winning the Cup. They
will also be well tuned after coming off games against
World Cup bound Paraguay and Costa Rica on May 27 and 30
international games are scheduled for February 28,
against Iceland, whose roster includes players from
Chelsea, Fulham, and Leeds of the English Premiership.
From England they will travel to Trinidad to play their
“farewell” game against Peru which now looks like a must
win game for Trinidad in front of their home crowd
before returning to England to play Wales.
Peru has the
second leading scorer in the preliminaries in Farfan
Jefferson and was impressive in holding Brazil to a tie
in their first game, and lost 1-0 in the return game.
They also won and tied against Paraguay, tied with both
Uruguay and Ecuador, and closed off strong with a 4-1
victory over Bolivia. Peru elimination was due to their
inconsistent play throughout the tournament by losing to
lesser teams and uncharacteristic blow out in some of
the even contest.
international game schedule almost to a close it should
be crystal clear to the knowledgeable football
enthusiast what the exhibition games are all about and
why they are played. Teams in the World Cup are keen on
playing teams that are similar in style to their
schedule opponent in their immediate group. This is
customary at all levels of sports. The World Cup is
every four years and if a country doesn’t make it they
are expected to regroup and try again. This game against
England may be the positive focus that the Jamaican
football Federation needed after the turmoil at their
last meeting. It certainly will give the Reggae Boyz the
exposure and hopefully after the game England would be
familiar with the standard of football in the Caribbean.
As the saying goes “All’s well that ends well” The
Reggae Boyz versus England should also provide T&T
scouting team with a sample of what to expect in their
second World Cup game with England on June 15, 2006.