Swansea City midfielder Darren Pratley is hoping to get his chance at playing international football with Jamaica.
He is eligible to play for Jamaica as his parents were born there, and he told the Evening Post how he is hoping boss John Barnes gives him a call:
|‘I didn’t really think about it much at first to be honest.|
‘When you are young you just want to play football for your club.
‘But John Barnes was a brilliant player – a legend in England and Jamaica – and I am sure his team will play good football.
‘That would really suit my game. I would love the opportunity to play for them – it would be a dream.
‘(Barnsley’s) Jamal Campbell-Ryce plays for them and while I was at Brentford Deon Burton and Jamie Lawrence always talked about going away with them.
‘International football is the next step up – you are playing against the best players in the world.
‘To get a cap, I wouldn’t mind travelling on the plane. I know Jason arrived on the Thursday and had to play on the Friday, which is very tough. But I am only 23 and a fit guy, so I don’t think it will be too tough on me.
‘So, John Barnes, you can give me a ring.
‘All I can do is play for Swansea and we will see what happens.
‘It’s only our first season in the Championship so I am concentrating on that for the moment. I don’t want to go and pester Roberto about it.
‘I’m enjoying myself more than ever at Swansea this season. We’re playing some really good football and competing strongly in the Championship and that’s given the players even more confidence than we had when we first came up. I know I feel full of belief this year.
‘I know I’d stand a better chance of getting a call-up from Jamaica if we were in the top flight but we have a couple of Welsh internationals and a pair of Trinidad & Tobago internationals at the club, so we have players capable of making that step up from the Championship – and I feel as if I’m ready to do it myself if I get a chance.
‘You never know how a player will adapt until he is given a go, but I’d like to think my game would suit international football. And to try to help Jamaica qualify for the World Cup and other big tournaments would just be incredible.
‘I’ll concentrate on doing my best for Swansea and, hopefully, my efforts will be good enough to lead to me playing for Jamaica.’
Darren Pratley returns to action on Saturday after serving a 1-match ban on Tuesday night.