Earle Blasts Mercenaries; Dialling the World of Soccer

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Earle Blasts Mercenaries; Dialling the World of Soccer


ROBBIE EARLE has warned players contemplating a summer in France with Jamaica to think again.

The Wimbledon midfielder believes English-born footballers eligible to play for the Reggae Boyz will cause massive resentment if they join up just to take part in the World Cup.

Last week, Ipswich's David Johnson declared his intention to switch to Jamaica after England Under 21 manager Peter Taylor left him on the bench for the game against Greece. Earle fears that this type of attitude could be damaging to the morale of the national team.

He said: 'It does mean a lot to me to play for Jamaica but I urge people not to just join up for the sake of it. We don't need people jumping on board just for a summer in France.

'The Jamaican fans are very proud of the team's achievements but they don't want people who are just there for a holiday linking up with the team.

'What happens when the World Cup is over and there are a load of small games to be played?

Will they be as interested then?' Jamaica have already captured some high-profile English-based stars such as Earle and team-mate Marcus Gayle as well as Portsmouth's Paul Hall and Fitzroy Simpson.

But Earle said: 'The Jamaican people are grateful for the English-born players who have joined up but they don't want mercenaries. …

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