Name: Dwight Yorke.
Position: Forward.
Club: Sunderland AFC (
England, 31-Aug-2006 to present).
Previous Clubs: Aston Villa (England), Manchester United (England), Blackburn Rovers (England), Birmingham City (England),
Sydney FC (Australia, 01-July-2005 to 30-Aug-2006).
Birthplace: Canaan, Tobago.
DOB: 03-Nov-1971.
Height: 175cm - 5ft 9in.
Schools: Signal Hill (Tobago), St Augustine (Trinidad).
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Stats: Dwight Yorke - International Appearances.
NOTE: Manchester United paid £20.8 million for Dwight in August 1998 from Aston Villa. Yorke's salary: £12.8 million. Yorke captained the T&T team that qualified for its first ever Youth World Cup in Portugal in 1991.
Dwight has scored 65 goals in just 150 appearances for Manchester United since signing from Aston Villa in a £12.6m deal in August 1998. He smashed 29 goals in his first season at the club and was named 'Carling Player of the Year' as United swept to the treble.
'He has increased his strike rate considerably since leaving Villa Park.
"But it's his all-round game that is so good. He brings in other players, holds the ball up and makes as many goals as he scores. Yorke retired from International Football on June, 28th, 2001. Then came out of retirement on the 2nd of February 2005. Dwight Yorke became the highest profile player to sign a full-time contract with an Australian Football Club (Sydney FC). Despite being in the twightlight of his career Dwight signed for Sunderland in August 2006 on a transfer fee worth £200,000 and a £30,000 a week salary. On the 07th of March 2007 Yorke retired from T&T to focus on his club career.

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30-Mar-2007 Yorke finds new hunger for game under Keane.
07-Mar-2007 Yorke announces international retirement.
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26-Aug-2006 CONCACAF trio bow out at the top.
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Dwight is TTFF’s 2005 ‘Player of the Year’

By: Shaun Fuentes.
30-Dec-2005 - National Senior Football Team Captain Dwight Yorke has been adjudged the Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation’s Male “Footballer of the Year” for 2005 and as a result will go up as the nominee for the First Citizens’ Bank Sportsman of the Year Award at the ceremony next March.
The TTFF made the disclosure on Friday as the days numbered down to the end of a year which saw Yorke lead the National Team to a historic World Cup qualification for the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
Yorke, 34, arrived back in Australia on Thursday and was in good spirits following the Christmas break given to him and other members of the Sydney FC club following their appearance at the FIFA World Club Championship in Japan.
The former Manchester United Star celebrated his biggest achievement on November 16 when this country defeated Bahrain 1-0 to secure its berth in next year’s World Cup. Following his return to the National team after an absence dating back to June 2001, in February this year in a final round qualifier against the United States at the Queen’s Park Oval, Yorke went on to play every minute of the following eleven World Cup qualifying matches for the “Soca Warriors” and capped his phenomenal comeback with the left sided corner which resulted in Dennis Lawrence’s winning strike to secure T&T’s win over Bahrain. He has also performed with credit for Australian club Sydney FC so far this season, finishing the year with a  penalty strike in Sydney’s 2-2 draw with New Zealand Knights on Friday.
Yorke wept openly when the final whistle blew as he described the achievement as his lifelong dream come true.
“It definitely has to be the biggest achievement for me on my return to the National team,” Yorke told TTFF Media. “To finish it off this way by qualifying for the World Cup which aside from all my other success, has been my dream as a young kid, is fantastic and it is dedicated to the team and the rest of the country. I couldn’t have asked for a better year of football for all of us.”
TTFF President Oliver Camps, manager of the 1989 squad of which Yorke was a member, added: “Dwight truly deserved everything given to him this year and all that he has achieved and we felt it was fitting to name him the best player for 2005. There were several others who performed creditably like Stern John and others and if it were up to me I would name the entire National Team as players and sportsmen of the year for 2005.”
Like Camps, TTFF Special Advisor Jack Warner couldn’t hold back his words of admiration for the Tobago-born Yorke.
“He was a wonderful leader and player for us this year and this is a man who a lot of people wrote off and to see how he was transformed into the kind of individual as he remains today is a brilliant example for all of us to follow. He left us in 2001 and many of us felt it was unfitting and unfair but he came back and he did it in style and with honour and that alone is admirable and fitting of this honour,” Warner told TTFF Media as he engaged in a end of year gathering with CONCACAF and TTFF staff at his offices on Friday.
Young Chris Birchall, a member of the National Team, said he was delighted for Yorke.
“I’m not surprised he's been named the player of the year because he deserves all that he gets now. He's been a massive influence on me and  made me feel  welcome when he came and spoke to me personally before all the games. He gave me the confidence to go out and play and was always talking and helping me on the pitch. I think myself and Aurtis (Whitley) have learnt a lot off Dwight and that has done us all well in the middle of midfield, I’m happy we got to Germany  especially for Dwight because now he can say he has achieved all his ambitions as a player,” Birchall said. The TTFF’s Female “Player of the Year” will be announced shortly.

Some of Dwight’s achievements in the Game.
· Top-scorer for Blackburn Rovers in 2002/2003
· First non-English player to score 100 goals (in a 3-0 win at Derby County) in the Premiership in 2000/2001
· English Premier League winner's medal with Manchester United in 2000/2001
· English Premier League winner's medal with Manchester United in 1999/2000
· Top-scorer for Manchester United in 1999/2000
· 10th place in FIFA's World Player of the Year ranking in 1999
· English Premier League Golden Boot Award (18 goals) in 1998/1999
· Runner-up PFA Player of the Year in 1998/1999
· Voted to the PFA Team of the Year in 1998/1999
· Trinidad & Tobago Olympic Committee Sports Personality of the Year in 1998
· Aston Villa's Player of the Year in 1996/1997
· Top-scorer for Aston Villa in 1996/1997
· English Premier League winner's medal with Manchester United in 1998/1999
· English FA Cup winner's medal with Manchester United in 1998/1999
· European Cup winner's medal with Manchester United in 1998/1999
· Carling Player of the Year in 1998/1999
· Carling Player of the Month (for February) with Aston Villa in 1996
· Top-scorer for Aston Villa in 1995/1996
· Intercontinental Cup winner's medal with Manchester United in 1999
· Trinidad & Tobago Chaconia Medal Gold (for Sport) in 1999
· League Cup winner's medal with Aston Villa in 1995/1996
· Aston Villa's Player of the Year in 1995/1996
· Top-scorer for Aston Villa in 1994/1995
· Trinidad & Tobago Humming Bird Medal Silver (for Sport) in 1993
· Tobago House of Assembly Chief Secretary's Award in 2005
· TTFF "Player Of The Year" 2005
· 2005 - Captain T&T to their first ever senior World Cup (2006)
· Australian A-League winner's medal with Sydney FC in 2005/2006
· 2006 - Trinidad & Tobago Sports Personality of the Year
· 2006 - Trinidad & Tobago Player of the Year
· Coca-Cola Championship League Team of the Week (04-Feb-2007)
· 2006/2007 - Captain Sunderland to the Champion League Title
· 2006/2007 - Captain Sunderland back to the Premiership

Draw sets up English reunion for Yorke.

By: Henry Winter (Telegraph, London).
15-Dec-2005 - Dwight Yorke has always loved dancing, a nocturnal pursuit that displeased Sir Alex Ferguson during the striker's lively sojourn at Manchester United. Trinidad's answer to John Travolta was even jiving around his Japanese hotel room at breakfast-time the other day. Yorke had just seen the World Cup draw.
News that his team, Trinidad and Tobago, meet England in Nuremberg on June 15 had Yorke performing a jig of delight. "It's a dream come true," smiled Yorke yesterday, the sweat glistening on the brow of Sydney FC's biggest name after a rigorous shooting practice here at the Club World Championship.
"I have affection for England, learnt my trade there, and played there for so many years," added Yorke, who enjoyed good times at Aston Villa and United, if far less impressive spells at Blackburn Rovers and Birmingham City. "I have still got my house in Manchester. I feel Manchester is my home. I couldn't believe the draw! I was dancing around the room! It's the ultimate. I tried to phone a few people in England but didn't get through."
Maybe the thought of Yorke calling to proclaim what the 'Soca Warriors' would do to the Three Lions prompted his many English friends to hide behind their answerphones. He even tried to contact an old ally, David Beckham, England's captain.
"He's a very difficult man to track with his mobile number! He keeps changing it. I thought I was bad but he is worse!
"Becks and I go back a long way. We sat next to each other in the dressing room at United. It was pretty cool knowing him and playing alongside him. Great fun. Great memories. He made so many goals for me. It will be great to shake his hand before the game and say, 'may the best team win'.
"But let's get it right here: we are the underdogs. We are a population of 1.2million. England are a giant of football. If we win, it would be the biggest upset of all time. As captain, what I don't want is for us to get embarrassed. We expect England to beat us but it's not going to be an easy ride for them. England tend to have one or two hiccups. All our players should be raring to go. There is no greater incentive than playing England."
Yorke pines after United, for whom he plundered 64 goals in 144 games before Ferguson offloaded him to Blackburn. "Who wouldn't miss Old Trafford? But everything comes to an end. I walked out of Old Trafford with my head high. I felt I did a great job.
"It was a pity I left a little bit early. I could still have done a job there. I still support the Reds in a big way. They are always going to be part of me. People say I have a grudge against Sir Alex Ferguson. I haven't. The best of us players have to leave at some stage, as much as we don't want to. He's the boss, but who would have thought it would happen to Roy Keane of all people?
"Everyone has to leave at some stage, including the great man. Sir Alex Ferguson will know when the time is up. If not, the board will know when the time is up or the Glazer family. It's a difficult one, because he has done so well for the club. He's a man with enormous dignity.
"When things are not well, as at the minute, everyone tends to make him the scapegoat and say it's time for him to move on but he's still a great manager. He still commands respect from the players. There is no one better to turn things around."
A passion for the club runs deep inside Yorke. "People from United were very nice to me when I joined Sydney. Everyone from the club wished me well, from the manager down to the kit manager, Albert, who I keep in touch with.
"All the players who have left United have not exactly fallen by the wayside but they have not seemed to enjoy their football as much. You don't enjoy playing with players who are not as talented as at United. At United, it's a passing game. When you join teams who kick and run down the channels you don't enjoy that too much.
"I went to Birmingham, got messed around, and thought, 'I deserve better than this'. The players who were playing instead of me [Stern John and Jesper Gronkjaer] weren't particularly better than I am. I don't mind leaving England, but the way I did wasn't nice."
I had just had enough of England for a while. I needed a change. People thought I left the Premiership to come out to Sydney just to enjoy the way of life - which is part of it - but I enjoy my football.
"It's beautiful in Sydney. I have a fantastic apartment in Darling Harbour, bang centre of the city, with a view of Sydney Harbour.
"I have a big smile on my face again. I hadn't had that for a couple of years. With Trinidad qualifying, I have an even bigger smile." And then came the draw that made Yorke feel like dancing.

Dwight thinks of Germany’s WC day & night.

By: Shaun Fuentes.
01-Dec-2005 - T&T’s skipper Dwight Yorke last week admitted that he never in a million years thought he would grace the World Cup playing fields for his country.
Yorke, captain of Sydney FC, said he has found it hard to focus on anything else other than T&T’s historic qualification success after a 1-0 win over Bahrain on November 16.
Yorke said he remains committed to his Australian club, but the thoughts of going to Germany with the “Soca Warriors” has been on his mind day and night.
He added that, he’s had a big week of celebrations with close friend Brian Lara as the both toasted to the latter’s World Test record and T&T’s booking for Germany.
“Never in a million years would I have expected everything that has happened. When I left the Premiership I had no idea what would happen, but the last five months have been unbelievable,” Yorke said.
He’s attracted much fanfare at Sydney and now he has won new supporters who will be there to see both Australia and T&T at next year’s Finals.
“It has been a massive thing for our country to make the World Cup, as we are only a tiny country and it is the first time we have done it,” he said. “It has been hard to think about anything else. Obviously something like that can be a distraction and I have been caught up a bit in the celebration.”
Meanwhile, Australia has offered to help prepare Dwight Yorke for the World Cup finals in Germany next year provided the Socceroos don't draw Trinidad and Tobago in their group.
Socceroos assistant coach Graham Arnold is trying to organise a local-based squad of World Cup hopefuls to train and play friendly matches against state league clubs once the A-League is finished and would invite Yorke to join them.
"Dwight's been great for the A-League. He's given the competition a high profile," Arnold said yesterday.
"He showed just what a true professional he is when he skipped Trinidad's celebrations [after they beat Bahrain and qualified for their first World Cup] to come straight home and play for Sydney FC.
"If we can help him stay fit we will. It's one way of repaying him.
"But first we have to wait and see who we draw in our group."
Trinidad captain Yorke said yesterday he hadn't given much thought to how he would keep himself fit once his commitments ended with Sydney.
"I am not thinking that far ahead," he said. "I have a game against Melbourne on Saturday and then we're off to Japan where we first have to get past Deportivo Saprissa [in the FIFA World Club Championship]."
Arnold, along with coach Guus Hiddink, will be in Leipzig for the World Cup draw on December 9.
Arnold reiterated yesterday that A-League players were certainly not out of contention for the trip to Germany in June.
"Guus doesn't allow players to rest on their laurels," said Arnold. "All players have to perform," he said.
While he missed out on the squad for the qualifiers against Uruguay, Leicester's Patrick Kisnorbo will surely put pressure on some of the older players. "He'll be monitored just like everyone else," said Arnold.

The new Dwight Yorke.

By: Ian Prescott (Express).
13-Oct-2005 - A former Trinidad and Tobago national team manager swears that the return of Dwight Yorke to international duty is the greatest thing to happen to Trinidad and Tobago's football. Richard Brathwaite makes no bones of the fact that he's a Dwight Yorke fan, even going so far as to write a report in the Review magazine in defence of the Tobago-born footballer. Brathwaite is among a lot of people in the twin-island republic now commending the decision to bring back Yorke back to international action.
Once known as a cavalier playboy, who many sensed would come back to party as much as to play football for his country, Yorke now seems to have a developed a new commitment to the national team following a four-year absence after quitting international football in the middle of T&T's last World Cup campaign.
Among the significant things Yorke has done is to encourage his "partner in crime" (for want of a better phrase), Russell Latapy, to also come out of a four-year exile to serve the national team.
Yorke also seems to be working his pants off in training and on the field, sliding in for tackles, falling back in the defence to actually defend-something he never did before-and urging the players around him to lift their game. In Connecticut, USA, when T&T were under the gun against the United States, Yorke was almost on the verge of vexation as he urged his teammates to improve their play. In Costa Rica, Carlos Edwards especially, got an admonishing to lift his game. That is a far cry from the the old Yorke, who turned up late for training sessions, among other things.
"I think Dwight has been magnificent," Brathwaite declares. "I am pleased to see that he has come back to play for the country. I think that he is showing a lot of leadership qualities and skill. The skill was always there, but now, he is a genuine team leader on the field."
The decision to bring back Yorke took place under Brathwaite's charge, when Tobago-born national coach Bertille St Clair was still at the helm. Brathwaite says the effort to bring back Yorke was difficult, but he always felt it was the correct decision.
"I went to Blackburn to see him play a game, and when I returned I remember saying that anyone who felt that Dwight Yorke 'gone through', was mad. I could see that Dwight still had a lot of football in him and a lot to offer Trinidad and Tobago."
Brathwaite also believes that Yorke has been given a bad rap over the years. Brathwaite refers to his Review article in which he wrote: "Let me state from the outset that I am, and have always been, a Dwight Yorke fan; not only because I enjoyed watching his goal scoring skills at the highest levels of the game, but more so because I have always admired his capacity for hard work and his determination to succeed. Make no mistake about it, for a footballer from a small island like Tobago to rise to the top of the heap in Europe requires formidable resolve and tenacity. Undoubtedly, Lady Luck would have also played a part, but there is no way Dwight Yorke could have raised his market value from £12,000 to £12 million without an outstanding work ethic.
"Even today, when some may argue that he has 'passed his best', his level of fitness remains high, prompting the Birmingham City manager to grudgingly admit that 'Dwight Yorke is one of the fittest players at the club'. Therein lies the paradox. On the one hand, there is the popular image of the playboy, driving expensive cars at break-neck speeds and partying until the wee hours of the morning. Then there is the completely opposite image of the uncompromising, dedicated professional, working tirelessly to keep his body in shape for the game he loves.
"I can say little about the former image, although I have seen the torrid newspaper headlines and I have heard numerous rumours about the 'fun-loving' side of Dwight Yorke. I suspect some of it is the usual sensationalism that surrounds modern-day 'celebrities' and Dwight's early naivete may have added fuel to the fire. However, I have encountered the latter image on several occasions, and unfortunately it has always been away from the media spotlight.
"Two occasions come readily to mind. The first occurred when I was the manager of the Caribbean All Star Football Team in 1998 which was selected to play an exhibition game against the 'Reggae Boyz' in New Jersey, USA. Jamaica had recently qualified for the France World Cup and the stadium was packed to capacity. The All-Stars won 2-1 and Dwight Yorke scored both goals (I think), but it was later that the surprise came. The game was played at the end of the English season and many of the players were in a 'holiday' mood. After the game, the All-Stars returned to the hotel where a large crowd had gathered to celebrate. I looked around the crowded lobby searching for Dwight because I had an urgent matter to discuss with him.
"Someone shouted that he had gone up to his room and you could not help noticing the wry smiles and knowing winks. As far as the fans were concerned, if Dwight Yorke had slipped away quietly to his room after a friendly game and during the off.
Yorke had slipped away quietly to his room after a friendly game and during the off season at that, then it had to be for one thing and one thing only. As the matter was urgent, I still went up to his room and knocked on the door, hoping that he would come out into the hallway and we could chat. Instead I heard Dwight's panting, breathless voice, 'Come in, it's open'.
"I stepped nervously into the room, only to see him alone on the floor, sweating profusely, doing push-ups. I waited and watched him complete 200 push-ups before we were able to talk. I remember telling him how surprised I was to see him doing push-ups after such a tough game. His simple reply was, 'Braffo, I am a professional. I have to keep in shape'. While the rest of his teammates were downstairs enjoying the impromptu party, Dwight Yorke was all alone in his room, away from the media and the fans doing push-ups.
"The other incident occurred just last year in Tobago. The Trinidad and Tobago national team was in the sister isle to play against North Ireland. Two days before the game, the national team was returning from a training session in Tobago, when the bus drove by a lonely figure running along the side of the road under a blazing midday sun. It was only after the bus pulled alongside that we saw it was Dwight Yorke himself, all alone, pounding the asphalt, but with no 'paparazzi' around to capture the moment. Perhaps it is a picture that would never appear on the front pages of newspapers around the world, but it is still 'worth a thousand words'."
Muhammad Isa, a former national coach under whom the former Manchester United striker would have served, held similar commendation for Yorke.
"I think what we are seeing now is what people always wanted to see of Dwight Yorke. I think it was a true moment of inspiration to bring him back."
St Lucian Stuart Charles Fevrier, another former T&T national coach, feels Yorke may finally have realised that this is his last chance to play in a World Cup finals and with Trinidad and Tobago having a realistic shot at qualifying, Yorke is giving everything.
"I think Dwight is playing some of the best football he has ever played for the national team. The fact that he has been made captain is giving him lots of confidence. He is really playing for the team."

Skipper's gone to Panama on serious business.

By Shaun Fuentes.
06-Oct-2005 - Trinidad and Tobago captain Dwight Yorke made his way into Panama City on Wednesday and right away revealed his expectations of facing a tricky Panama outfit in Saturday’s 2006 World Cup qualifier at the Estadio Romel Fernandez from 9pm T&T time.
With an eager look in his eyes, the former Manchester United star had only smiles for the Panamanian photographers on hand at the National Stadium for T&T’s evening training session. But he wasted no time in letting it be known that he and the “Warriors” were in town on a serious mission. “We know this is going to be as tough a game as any for us in this campaign,” Yorke told TTFF Media.
“Panama will be coming all out to prove something and we know this will be a difficult game for us because we don’t expect that they will just lie down and let us get the three points we so badly want. If it’s anything I think they will see three points being nice to get as well even though they are not in the race anymore,” the current Sydney FC skipper said.
With Yorke being the only T&T  player to play in every of the eight matches in the current final qualifying round along with Stern John, he said his fitness rate was fine at the moment and he definitely exhibited that on the training pitch since here. John has played in 15 of the 16 matches dating back to the start of the campaign on June 13 2004 in a 2-0 win over Dominican Republic in Santo Domingo. Andrews has also played in 14 of the matches dating back to that game when he also netted. He missed two games through injury.
“Without a doubt we must get a win here on Saturday. And then we will leave the rest up to what happens when we play against Mexico at home. At the same time, Mexico have shown how strong a footballing country they are having just won the Under 17 World Cup and by all means there senior team will be wanting to show what sort of a quality team they are as well,” Yorke said.

Sydney go all out duchessing Yorke.

By Michael Cockerill.
04-Jul-2005 - Having settled into Sydney with a night on the town on Saturday, star striker Dwight Yorke started the process of settling into his new team when he trained with Sydney FC for the first time at Moore Park yesterday.
The two-hour workout under coach Pierre Littbarski's watchful eye was leisurely by the German's exacting standards, but Yorke - who concedes he is "a long way short" of match fitness - won't be getting much of a respite.
Littbarski has 17 more sessions planned for the next fortnight, and the 33-year-old former Manchester United player will be expected to last the distance.
"Actually, I saw no signs that he is not fit, and hopefully we don't need to do anything special for him," said Littbarski. "I don't want to make it more complicated. The best way for him to fit in is to go the normal way."
Yorke already knows how to fit into Sydney off the park. He has been here on holidays many times before, and it was his love of the Sydney lifestyle which convinced him to wind down his playing career in the new A-League rather than accept a much more lucrative offer to play in the Middle East.
The question on everyone's lips is how much Yorke's taste for the night life - he was spotted at Hugo's Lounge in Kings Cross at the weekend - will affect his playing performance. Only the player knows the answer to that.
Certainly, the club has gone wide-eyed into the deal, and in many ways is seeking to cash in on Yorke's controversial reputation. Yorke is the biggest name in the new competition partly because of his goals, and partly because of who he is - an A-List celebrity for the A-League.
It is no coincidence that a Sydney FC membership campaign, which has been sluggish until now, will move into overdrive now that Yorke is finally in town.
For Littbarski, the task is to make sure the off-field regime of his star signing becomes irrelevant in terms of his contribution to the cause. At the end of his first training session, Yorke was pledging to knuckle down.
"I've got eight weeks before the start of the season, that's my target," he said.
"I'm sure the physical coach and the conditioner will work on me, and it should be a matter of three or four weeks before I'm up and running for my first game.
"There's no doubt I'm getting a lot older, and I'm experienced enough to know what my body can take. There are a lot of demands on it, and you have to know when to back off a little bit.
"But at this point in time I feel great. The weather here obviously helps, and I'm looking forward to getting into tip-top condition. Meeting all the lads for the first time officially today was exciting as well."
Having been excused from a trial game in Canberra this weekend, Yorke is set to make his debut during the official pre-season tournament, which starts at the end of the month. The A-League kicks off in late August.
Yorke accepts the inevitability that he will be a marked man as soon as the serious business of gathering competition points is at stake. "I'm sure there will be players who will relish the opportunity of coming up against someone of my profile," he said.
"Hopefully, that will lift my teammates and we'll all rise to the challenge. There is expectation, and it won't be easy. But that comes with the package, that's fair enough. My shoulders are broad enough to take that sort of pressure. I've been living under those sort of circumstances for quite some time."
Despite his tribulations over the past two years - falling out of favour at both Blackburn Rovers and Birmingham City - Yorke still plays well enough to be a key figure for his national team, Trinidad and Tobago. Thus, Sydney FC will have to share him for the next few months, with the Caribbean side scheduled to play five more World Cup qualifiers in the North/Central America zone.
Mexico and the US will fill the top two places, but Trinidad and Tobago are vying with Costa Rica, Panama and Guatemala for the third qualifying spot.

Dwight Yorke chasing more trophies as he lands Down Under.

Sydney  FC Website.
30-Jun-2005 - Sydney FC striker Dwight Yorke arrived in Sydney today and immediately declared he was ready to help his new team mates chase trophies with the start of the Hyundai A-League just nine weeks away.
Yorke was part of one of the most successful teams of all time when he played a major part in Manchester United’s historic treble in 1999 when they won the English Premier League, FA Cup and UEFA Champions League but he has already set his sights on more silverware.
“I have come to Sydney FC because there is a buzz about the football club and there is a hunger to do well and win trophies,” Yorke said. “As a player there is nothing better than playing in a successful team and I have had that opportunity at Manchester United and I get that feeling about Sydney FC.
“Already the club has been successful and won two trophies and there is no doubt there are expectations on Sydney FC to continue that, and so there should be. I want to make sure I do everything possible to make sure that the attention Sydney FC is receiving is backed up with results on the field.
“Hopefully we can play some good football, score goals and entertain the people of Sydney because we want to be exciting and win games.”
Yorke fronted a substantial media scrum when he was introduced to the public for the first time as a Sydney FC player with media numbers rarely seen at football functions but no more than normal for a player who has scaled the dizzy heights of world football.
The charismatic Trinidad & Tobago international spoke about his desire to show the people of Sydney what he was capable of, his hunger for success and proved he had something in common with all Australian by declaring his desire to qualify for the 2006 World Cup.
“I still have that competitive hunger and I have not come here to waste anybody’s time,” he said. “I have always strived to give my very best on the football field and I am looking forward to showing the people of Sydney and Australia what I am capable of.”
Yorke also spoke about the extra responsibility that goes with the “marquee player” tag but stressed he was not interested in being set aside from his new Sydney FC team mates.
“I understand there will be extra spotlight and responsibility as a marquee player but I am not interested in being elevated above my team mates,” he said. “Football is a team game and the thing I am looking forward to most is meeting the lads and getting to know them.
“I want to do as much as I can to help share the experiences I have learned from my career and work with the younger players to help them improve.”
Yorke’s arrival today is the final piece in Sydney FC’s jigsaw puzzle and it was appropriate that he was introduced to the media alongside Sydney FC Coach Pierre Littbarski. Between the two of them Yorke and Littbarski have won almost every major football trophy available and the respect is mutual.
“You only have to look at what he (Littbarski) has achieved in the game to understand that he is a good coach and knows a lot about the game,” Yorke said. “You don’t get to play in the World Cup without knowing the game and he has done it three times.
“His record speaks for itself and he has already won trophies with Sydney FC so I can’t speak highly enough of his record.”
Littbarski was equally as glowing in his praise of his new striker but did prove Yorke’s theory that he was a good coach by remaining non-committal about how he would try to juggle three of the best strikers in the A-League in Yorke, David Zdrilic and Sasho Petrovski.
“Dwight is a tremendous player who has done a lot in the game and he impressed me when we met earlier this year,” Littbarski said. “He will be one of our leading players but it is too early to decide who will play in (sic) the strikers.” Yorke starts training on Monday when he will join his Sydney FC team mates for the first time.

Dwight Yorke: Germany dream still alive.

By: Shaun Fuentes.
11-Jun-2005 - National football team captain Dwight Yorke believes that this country still stands a very realistic chance of grabbing third place in the race to the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
Though admitting he was saddened by the 2-0 loss to Mexico after such a fighting display by the “Warriors”, Yorke revealed his optimism as he cooled down at the Sheraton Hotel in Monterrey the night after the match before taking a flight back to London the next day ahead of his trip to Sydney.
He cited the next two months as vital towards T&T’s preparations for the August 17 World Cup qualifier away to United States.
“We’re still in the thick of things right now. You take away America and Mexico and you see we are still in the race. There’s a maximum of 15 points to play for and I think if we can get something out of that then third place is up for grabs. It’s all about us and how react to this defeat. We have about two months to get ready for the next game against America and I’m sure we can go from strength to strength. The team is going to be fitter coming off preseason and the Gold Cup and I definitely won’t be counting out a result for us against America,” Yorke told TTFF Media. T&T currently stands in fifth spot with four points, same as fourth place Guatemala with Mexico (13-points), USA (12-pts), Costa Rica (7-pts) and Panama last on two points.
Reflecting on the performance against the Mexicans, the Sydney FC striker said the team played exactly to instructions from head coach Leo Beenhakker.
“There are a lot of positives we can take away from the game and it’s important that we see this and use it to our advantage for the rest of the campaign. We played relatively well in the first half when we kept them at bay. We stood up against them and we played exactly how the manager asked us to play as a team. Our ethic was right and the attitude was good.
“It was all good up to seventy minutes and we thought  at one stage we got the better of them especially when the crowd was a little bit quiet which is something you don’t really see in Mexico. But we felt at that stage we were doing enough and unfortunately in football the game doesn’t stop there for you. We conceded a very bad goal and then their tail was up and the momentum changed in their favour. But other than that I still feel proud of the players because they did everything that was possible.”
Yorke mentioned that it was now evident that there has been a rise in the performance level of the “Warriors” for which he credits the players and the work of Beenhakker.
“There has been a massive improvement. The lads have reacted to the manager. His formation has been good and he has us believing in ourselves again and we believe in him as a manager. That’s enormous achievement when you consider the position we were in earlier in the campaign. We have a growing momentum right now,” he ended.

Dwight Yorke: We owe it to the country.

By: Stuart Higgins - Express.
18-May-2005 - Trinidad and Tobago's football captain Dwight Yorke last night talked frankly about the country's World Cup hopes and confidently declared: "It's a tall order-but it's not impossible."
Yorke said he felt the players "owed the country" a good showing after their below-par performances in their earlier qualifiers, which saw them earn just one point from three matches.
"We have got to start believing in ourselves again. We have a different management structure, different technical staff and some new players and we have got to start performing. This is a win-win situation."
The ex-Manchester United hero, who is now bound for Sydney, Australia, was also "sad and disappointed" to lose T&T's former coach Bertille St Clair, who he regarded as a "personal mentor".
The Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation replaced St Clair with Dutchman Leo Beenhakker following T&T's 0-0 draw with Costa Rica on March 30, the national team having lost their first two 2006 World Cup qualifiers to the United States (2-1) and Guatemala (5-1).
"We are all disappointed but I was especially because he had been personally very supportive to me and encouraged me to come out of retirement. But when you are the manager you cannot hide and it's the results that decide whether you stay in a job or not. No-one is happy to see a manager go."
The 33-year-old player was speaking candidly about Trinidad and Tobago's World Cup hopes and his own ambitions just before the national team play top Peruvian club Alianza Lima this evening at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in the build-up to their next World Cup qualifier at home to Panama on June 4.
Yorke acknowledged that the players also had to raise their game.
"We, as players, have got to stand up and be counted. We were simply not good enough in those previous matches and did not perform and we owe the fans a lot more.
"We have to go in there and be confident and positive. There are ways of losing football matches which sometimes mean you have played well and lost or been unlucky to lose but we cannot make those kind of excuses. We have gone out there and lost matches. We just didn't perform or compete, and we know that. We threw away those games.
"You have to demonstrate your work ethic and the will to win. I am very critical of myself and I always believe I can do better. I am one of the more experienced and senior professionals and I have learned a lot and I should be able to bring that to the team to help them and give them confidence," said Yorke.
"We all have bad days but if you work hard and show the right level of aggression and of work- rate, then you can come off the field with your head held high even if the game has gone against you."
Yorke, who starts his two-year spell in Australia with Sydney FC in August, recognises that the next few World Cup qualifiers will also shape his own international career.
He added: "These next two games against Panama and Mexico (June 8th) are crucial for my international future. I obviously hope I can play in both those game, but at some stage I will have to make way for the youngsters coming through. There are plenty of them and they are knocking on the door, which is really encouraging.
"If you qualify for this ultimate level of competition it is a unique feeling. You know you are playing against the greatest teams and players in the world and testing yourself against them. That's a great feeling, especially if you are tasting it for the first time as a youngster."
Looking at another discipline, Yorke also admitted it was a "low point" in the region's sporting history with South Africa's triumph over the West Indies, a team which includes his close friend, Brian Lara.
"It's true we are suffering as a sporting nation and we are not used to being in this position. We have a collective responsibility to try to lift everyone's hopes and spirits in this part of the world."

Birmingham cancel Dwight Yorke's contract.

25-Apr-2005 - Birmingham have cancelled the contract of striker Dwight Yorke by mutual consent after just eight months at the club.
Yorke, 33, is expected to join up with Australian A-League side, Sydney FC, in time for the start of their season in July.
Yorke joined Blues from Blackburn in August in a £250,000 deal and made an encouraging start with goals as a substitute against Charlton and Newcastle.
But the Trinidad and Tobago international made only four Premiership and two Carling Cup starts for Steve Bruce's side.
Bruce intimated during the January transfer window that Yorke could leave to attain regular football, and the arrival of Walter Pandiani meant the former Manchester United star slipped further down the pecking order.
Yorke's spell at the club sparked a row involving club owner David Sullivan after the player was subject of racial abuse from fans when he returned to Ewood Park with City in November.
Sullivan accused Yorke of 'over-reacting' to the situation and more recently hit out at his fellow directors of not publicly supporting him over the issue.
Yorke's spell in England spanned 16 years after he was signed for Aston Villa by Graham Taylor in 1989.
He spent seven successful years at Villa before forming a prolific partnership with Andy Cole at Manchester United - a pairing which also teamed up at Blackburn but not with the same success.
A club statement read: 'Birmingham City Football Club can today confirm that Dwight Yorke's contract has been cancelled by mutual consent.
'Both parties have agreed to terminate the contract so that Dwight can pursue a career in Australia.
'The club would like to take this opportunity to thank Dwight for his contribution to our season and wish him the best of luck for the future.'

Sydney FC signs Dwight Yorke.

17-Apr-2005 - Sydney FC (SBS) chairman Walter Bugno has revealed his club has secured the most significant signing of the A-League by completing the capture of Birmingham striker Dwight Yorke.
Bugno told from the team's tour base in Dubai that their marquee target had signed a two-year-deal.
"We're very happy to confirm that Dwight Yorke has signed a two-year contract with Sydney FC, beginning from the 1st of July," he said, delighted at the signing of the Trinidad & Tobago international. "We're delighted to sign Dwight after several months of negotiations. His trip to Sydney last week was very telling."
"The Sydney FC fans played a massive part in convincing Dwight to join us. The response he received from the Sydney public over the two days he was there made a big, big difference."
Yorke will not be available for the Club World Championship qualifiers next month but will link up with Sydney FC in June when his current deal with Blackburn expires.
"We were competing with a rival club from the UAE for Dwight - and a late offer also came in from Qatar," Bugno added. "But the thought of playing for Sydney FC after the reception he received really swung it for us - and we're delighted."
Yorke is the seventh highest goalscorer in the English Premier League, scoring 122 goals in 348 matches in one of the most exciting leagues in world football. The only players to score more goals in the premiership are Alan Shearer, Andy Cole, Robbie Fowler, Les Ferdinand, Teddy Sheringham and Thierry Henry.
The Trinidad and Tobago striker played for Aston Villa, Manchester United, Blackburn Rovers and Birmingham City but it was his three seasons at Manchester United that made him a household name all over the world.
During Manchester United’s historic treble in 1999 he was the Premier League’s leading goalscorer with 18 strikes as Manchester United won the European Champions League with a memorable 2-1 win over Bayern Munich in the final.
“People dream about playing in the Premier League and playing Champions League and Dwight Yorke has not only played in both but he has won both of them,” Bugno said.
Meanwhile, debonair Dwight Yorke has devised a multi-million-dollar hit list of luxury items as the superstar prepares to rock the A-League with a lifestyle to match the glamour image of the club he is joining.
The fun-loving Yorke, 33, will arrive in Australia next month as Sydney FC’s star recruit in a two-year deal worth a rumoured US $1.1million a season.
And The Sunday Telegraph can now reveal the big-ticket items that lured the former Manchester United magician to Australia.
Yorke, one of Britain’s best-known playboys, will fork out up to $220,000 to zip around town in a Porsche 911.
He will live in a waterfront apartment with a price tag of $1.25m at ritzy Elizabeth Bay, and request a range of high-fashion clothing items such as Armani suits.
To sate his penchant for the dance floor, Yorke will seek complimentary membership to the most exclusive bars in Sydney, including his favourite haunt, Hugo’s Lounge, at Kings Cross. But despite Yorke’s extravagant off-field tastes, a close associate who divulged the hit list insists the Trinidad and Tobago striker is serious about succeeding with Sydney FC.
“Dwight has fine tastes and enjoys a good time but he is not here for a holiday,” said the associate, who asked not to be named.
“I know there are critics of Dwight who are questioning his level of commitment, but I can assure you he wants to do well for Sydney.
“He’s in wonderful shape at the moment. Dwight is a laid back character but he never lets himself go.” he said.

Dwight has achieved the following honours:

Dwight Yorke 'seriously considering' Sydney move.

By Tom Adams (Sky Sports News).
05-Apr-2005 - Birmingham striker Dwight Yorke has travelled to Australia to hold talks with Sydney FC in an attempt to resolve his future. Dwight Yorke has been offered US $617,000 a year by the Australian A-League club, but will consider an offer from a club in oil-rich Dubai before making a decision on where he will play his trade next.
The former Manchester United man will also journey to the Middle East in a bid to secure a move away from St Andrews, although Sydney appear to be favourites to land the striker.
Yorke has made just four starts since joining Steve Bruce's side in the summer, and has now flown across the world to assess the merits of a move to the A-League side.
Sydney coach Pierre Littbarski is keen to sign the 33-year-old Trinidad & Tobago international, and Yorke will mull over his options in the near future.
"It's something I would definitely consider, I wouldn't waste my time if there wasn't an offer on the table," Yorke told Sky Sports News. "There is an offer on the table, we came here to see what the offer is all about and we're taking it very seriously; that's why I am here.
"We are planning to go to United Arab Emirates as well, and if I'm totally honest there are some offers there as well. "But Sydney have put their money where their mouth is and we are here to sum up the whole thing.
"We won't waste anyone's time and we'll make a decision in the near future."
Yorke also held out hope that disgraced former Chelsea man Mark Bosnich would make the move Down Under, after the keeper signalled an intention to resurrect his career.
The Australian international and Yorke became friends after a spell at Aston Villa together, although Bosnich has been out of the game since being sacked by Chelsea for cocaine abuse in 2003.
"We have a history together as friends and of course I'm sure the Australian people would welcome him back to football," Yorke continued.
"He's been through a difficult time but if the opportunity is there for him I'm sure he will want to come back to where he belongs."
Sydney CEO Andy Harper: "At the moment, it's a possibility and we are keen to have face-to-face discussions," said Harper. We've been waiting for a few months but our patience isn't exhausted."
Despite starting just four English premier league games this term, Yorke, 33, has several offers from the cash-rich United Arab Emirates and the English First Division boosted by career stats that has brought him over 130 goals in 15 seasons.
Littbarski remains cautious on the prospect of landing Yorke despite his apparent willingness to fly to Sydney this week. Yorke has stated his admiration of the Sydney lifestyle but Littbarski says money won't be the only item on the agenda.
Littbarski hopes to have an answer before the club leaves for its pre-season tour of Dubai on Thursday and finalise a squad with 19 places filled on his 20-man roster.
Sydney face Al Wahira, Dubai Cultural and Al Jazira Sports between April 11-18 in preparation for their opening World club championship qualifier against Queensland in early May.

Two girls in Dwight Yorke car crash tell their story.

By: Irene Medina News Editor - T&T Express.
17-Feb-2005 - Accident victims consider lawsuit against Yorke.
The two young women who were allegedly hit by a car driven by Trinidad and Tobago football star Dwight Yorke are considering legal action, the Express has learnt.
Marsha Alexander, 19, of Sutton Street, San Fernando and her friend Kizzie Martin, 25, of Malabar, Arima, claimed yesterday they were injured in the Pigeon Point, Tobago accident last Saturday morning.
Crown Point police yesterday confirmed that they had reported the accident.
The two women are working on the island as dealers at the Royalton Casino at the Crown Point Hotel.
In a telephone interview from Canaan, Tobago, yesterday, Alexander said she and some friends were at Pigeon Point sitting on a bench at 6.30 that morning, "when the car just run into everybody."
"All of us were liming on the bench like normal. My friend (Kizzie) was standing and in two twos this car just run into everybody on the bench.
"We (Kizzie and I) ended up getting hit. We fell to the ground. My friend's head was almost under the wheel but the tyre scraped me on my foot."
She said the driver, whom she later found out was Yorke, stopped and came out of the car.
"He pulled aside and spoke with us," she said.
Alexander denied that she and her injured friend received any money from the internationally acclaimed footballer.
She said she made her own way to the Scarborough General Hospital, a short time later, while Kizzie was driven there by a friend.
After speaking with them, she said Yorke drove off. The Tobago-born Yorke was believed to have been returning to his Plantation Villa after attending the Caribbean Wet Fete at the Pigeon Point Beach Resort.
Both women had x-rays taken and were given pain killers for their injuries. Marsha has not yet filled her prescription. She said she got a bruise to her left ankle and claimed that it had been bandaged. But when the Express photographer visited the girls yesterday shortly after this interview, he said he saw no evidence of a bandage. Marsha said that there were several other people in Yorke's car, including two women, when it slammed into them.
Martin claims she was the worst hit.
"The car actually hit me off the bench and I was dragged a bit. I got a big graze on my right foot and my thigh is bruised." She said she was given four days sick leave and is on pain-killers.
She was adamant that Yorke did not pay her any money and admitted he was a bit sympathetic.
She said she was positive that Yorke was the driver of the car which she described as a B-13 with the number plate PBR 6069. Yesterday, five days after the accident, Kizzie said she was still in pain. Sgt Roberts of the Crown Police Police Station is investigating.

Dwight Yorke: Our journey’s still alive.

Issued By: Shaun Fuentes, TTFF Press Officer.
10-Feb-2005 - Returning Trinidad and Tobago player Dwight Yorke feels that once this country’s senior team can be a winning side if it can eradicate the problem of giving easy goals away.
This was the view of the Birmingham City striker shortly after this country’s went down 2-1 to the United States in Wednesday’s 2006 World Cup qualifying match at the Queen’s Park Oval.
Yorke also felt that the team showed evidence of maturity with their second half showing as they didn’t hang their heads after going a second goal down. Yorke himself turned in a workmanlike performance on the day.
“That’s a sign of maturity in the guys and it shows that the team has come on in leaps and bounds and once we can continue to show that sort of commitment then that would be great for us in the future. In a way by going down to the wire as we did today means that we’ll always have a fighting chance no matter how big the task may be,” Yorke told TTFF Media as he cooled down in the dressing room shortly after the team got a surprise visit from President Maxwell Richards, Prime Minister Patrick Manning and Sports Minister Roger Boynes.
But the former Manchester United man still felt there is work to be done to turn the “Warriors” into a winning side.
“We need cut out conceding stupid goals because Trinidad and Tobago will always score goals….we’ll always create chances. We keep conceding goals early and if you go to anywhere at a high level of football and you talk to the top people, whether it be in England or wherever, they either tell you or you see for yourself that you cannot concede early goals. The game is so tight in those stages that you cannot afford to give ridiculous goals away. If we can eradicate that and make use of the chance we have, then I will say we would have a good as chance as any to get the results we all want,”
With Costa Rica losing at home to Mexico and Panama and Guatemala sharing points, Yorke also wants the public to keep supporting the team which he feels is still in with a solid chance of making the top three out of the six teams.
“Despite us losing the game, it’s still far from the end of the journey as we’ve got nine games to go and things can change quickly. Against the Americans even when it seemed that we couldn’t win, you thought we could have at least gotten a draw but it was not to be on the day. At the same time though, there were some things that went on which should auger well for the rest of the campaign,” Yorke added.
Having spent the entire weekend up until the day of the game with the team in camp at the Grafton Beach Resort, there were still rumours of Yorke being out of camp but the ex-Aston Villa man said he was concerned only with the “Journey to Germany” at this time.
“The public has their perception of me and that’s fine, it doesn’t bother me. My shoulders have been broad all my life and whatever people choose to say, that’s their opinion, What’s important is what I do out there on the football pitch and once I can make a contribution I will continue to go that. What’s going on here with this current team is most important and I’m here for the long haul,” Yorke ended.
The ex-Aston Villa player also mentioned that he’s heading back to Birmingham City to continue his playing, saying there was not much to say on reports of a move to Australia.

Soca Warriors welcome Dwight Yorke.

T&T Express Reports.
06-Feb-2005 - Birmingham City striker Dwight Yorke had his first session with the rest of the Trinidad and Tobago team since his reintroduction to the national squad for Wednesday's 2006 World Cup qualifier against the United States as coach Bertille St Clair conducted yesterday's proceedings at Shaw Park, Tobago on a cool Saturday afternoon.
Yorke, who arrived from London on Friday night, travelled with the team yesterday morning and checked in with his teammates at Grafton Beach Resort.
He is expected to play in today's friendly against Haiti at Shaw Park, scheduled for a 3.30 p.m. kickoff.
Also joining the T&T team in the sister isle today will be Southampton striker Kenwyne Jones, Crewe Alexandra goalkeeper Clayton Ince, Glasgow Rangers defender Marvin Andrews and Wrexham midfielder Carlos Edwards.
Yorke was involved throughout the session, at times taking charge from the front, openly advising some of the players and also assuring that he himself was adjusting to the conditions.
His last training session with the team was ahead of the friendly against Northern Ireland last year, but he had not trained in an official capacity since June 2001.
Team captain Angus Eve said the current bunch of players would be open to having the former Manchester United star back in the line-up.
"Dwight has had long experience as a national player and we go way back to 1991 when we were both on the team which qualified for the Youth World Cup under coach St Clair. That alone speaks for itself and I am pretty sure that the rest of the team will ensure that he fits in again, even though we know it's been a long time since he has been with us.
"The spirit among the players in the team has never been something to question and it's basically a matter of us meshing as a team and getting it together on the pitch, which I feel confident that we can do," Eve told Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation (T&TFF) media officer Shaun Fuentes after training yesterday.
Striker Stern John was also keen to work alongside Yorke and the other players.
"We have played before and now to have him back is something that the guys here would no doubt be looking forward to because we all hope he can add to the team and we ourselves must now pick our game up and compliment each other," said the Coventry City player.
"But also we need to work and get it right as a team and no one player must be depended on to carry the weight," John added.
And locally-based pro Densill Theobald offered similar sentiments to his teammates.
"For me, it's a real pleasure to be working with Dwight and I am certain myself and the other guys who may not have played much with him before can pick up certain things from him that can benefit the team on a whole and we too will be working to ensure that our game is at a decent level."
No doubt Yorke would welcome such words from his once again teammates.
"It was a decision that I took to come back and join the team again and I'm definitely looking forward to continue working with these guys, because it's a promising bunch and, as I said, I am here to make a contribution because I honestly feel the team has places to go and Germany in 2006 is where we are aiming to reach," said Yorke.

Ex-players’ head welcomes back Yorke and Nakhid.

By: Gregory Trujillo - T&T Guardian.
06-Feb-2005 - “It is wonderful to read in the papers that Jack Warner and the management off the T&TFF has forgiven Dwight Yorke and allowed him to return to the national team.”
These were the words of Earl “Mango” Pierre, former president of the T&T Players Association in the United States, upon hearing that Dwight Yorke will be in the T&T team for the first World Cup match against the United States on Wednesday at Queen’s Park Oval.
Speaking yesterday to G-Sports Pierre said: “Personally I dont think he will make a difference on the team because he is not playing to the level he once played and the only reason he played to that level for Manchester United was because of the talent he had around him, to name a few, Andy Cole, David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, and Roy Keane.
“If you look at his game now he’s not playing to the level he once played. He cannot even make the starting team in Birmingham.
“If Jack Warner can bury the hachet there is one piece to the puzzle that is missing and that is Russell Latapy, who is still one of the best playmakers on the team.
“With Yorke, Nakhid, and Latapy we can look like a team once more.
“Another point I want to make is that the only way we can beat the Americans is that we have to play them like how the Mexicans play against them—we have to always out skill them if we want to be victorious.
“The last point I would like to make is that the statement that Mr Warner made about this time around is the best chance for us to qualify for the World Cup.
“I think our adviser has a short memory. The best chance we had and would ever have is back in 1989, when we had to sell out to the Americans in order for them to have their World Cup in 1994.”

Yorke arrives tomorrow to rejoin National Football Team.

By: Shaun Fuentes, TTFF Press Officer.
03-Feb-2005 - It’s official ! Dwight Yorke will be arriving from London on flight BW 901 at 5:25pm on Friday afternoon to rejoin the National Senior Football Team for next Wednesday’s CONCACAF final round 2006 World Cup qualifying match against the United States at the Queen's Park Oval in Port of Spain.
Yorke, who incidentally played his last competitive match for this country against the United States in 2001, will check in with the rest of the team tomorrow evening at the Crowne Plaza Hotel and travel with his teammates on Saturday morning to Tobago where they will prepare and then return for Wednesday’s encounter.
Special Adviser to the Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation Jack Warner, from his office on Edward Street, Port of Spain, made the announcement of Yorke’s return, stating that the local governing body and the team management welcomed the return of the former Manchester United player.
“On behalf of the Football Federation, we do wish to officially confirm that Dwight Yorke will be here to play on Wednesday against the United States. There have been all kinds of rumours over the past three weeks over his future but he and I have been holding discussions over the last week and these discussions have now been very fruitful and have also been amicable all along,” Warner stated.
“Both of us, in the national interest, have agreed to put the past behind us and to look at the present situation and ahead to what lies in the future because we both believe that this is the best chance this country will ever have for qualifying for a World Cup for a long time to come.”
Warner said that officials at Birmingham City have been receptive to Yorke’s return to the international arena.
“We are very thankful too that his coach released him from duty this Saturday because they have a game against Manchester United and though he was committed to playing against his old club, he is also committed to playing for his country now and discussions have allowed him to travel earlier and be here with us.
“The discussions have always been between us because we have been the two protagonists, for want of a better term and we have decided to bury the hatchet in the national interest. Bertille (St Clair) specifically requested this because he felt that Dwight would be an asset to the team in several ways and I had no choice but to oblige to that request and I of course have no regret about this.
Yorke meantime, said he was excited and ready to put his best foot forward for the country in its quest to get to Germany in 2006.
“It’s been three years since I played in a full international for the country and in many ways I am looking forward to this return, not only because I feel we have a good chance of getting to the World Cup in 2006 but also because I have decided that I must come and make a contribution in whatever way I can which in this time would be to play for the country again,” Yorke told TTFF Media on Thursday morning.
“It’s no secret that myself and coach Bertille St Clair go a long way back and we have had our successes together going back to the Youth World Cup in 1991 and I hope that we can bring that sort of success back to our country by getting to this World Cup,” he added.
The former Aston Villa man went on to say that he is relishing the time to settle back in national colours.
“I know some of the guys very well and we’ve played together before so I don’t think I should have a problem getting back in the run of things with the national team. At the moment I’m just thrilled to be a Trinidad and Tobago player again,” Yorke ended.
St Clair added: All along I have said that having Dwight in the team will be a plus and now that he is coming it’s a chance for him to make a worthwhile contribution again because I believe he has a lot to offer us. We welcome him back into the team and look forward to having him wearing the national shirt again.”
Team manager Richard Braithwaite also voiced his opinion on Yorke reintroduction into the fray.
“The coach has consistently said that the door is open to any player who is willing to commit himself to the national team. That was his policy from the start and he has not changed his policy. The door remains open to any player once he indicates to the coach that he wants to play for his country and he is committed to the team and its principles,” Braithwaite said.
“Over the past year many players have had the opportunity to demonstrate both their ability and their level of discipline but know the coach has to decide who are the players to do the job in this first game. There are at least nine more games stretching over the next 10 months and players with the talent and experience of Dwight Yorke will always be a plus in such a long, arduous campaign"

Star striker set to rejoin T&T squad.

By: Lasana Liburd - T&T Express Writer.

Dwight Yorke's last chance.
01-Feb-2005 - Dwight Yorke has confirmed he is ready to return to the Trinidad and Tobago national football team after nearly four years of self-imposed exile since he quit the international scene on June 28, 2001.
Yorke, who plays for England Premier League team Birmingham City, told the Trinidad Express he is 99 per cent certain of joining national coach Bertille St Clair's outfit for their World Cup qualifier at home to the United States on February 9.
"It looks like it," said Yorke on Sunday afternoon at Chelsea's Stamford Bridge ground, London. "There are just a few details still to be sorted out, but I will say it is 99 per cent certain."
Yorke's decision to return to the international fold-a cameo against Northern Ireland last July at the Dwight Yorke Stadium, Bacolet notwithstanding-represents an about-turn from his position last November when he claimed to be happily retired and suggested that a rift between himself and Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation (T&TFF) special advisor Jack Warner made a comeback virtually impossible.
Although Yorke insisted he had nothing personal against FIFA vice-president Warner, who once called him a "cancer to the game", he felt he was made a scapegoat by the T&TFF during the last World Cup qualifying series and hinted at a personality cla...hink maybe they saw me as a threat because I knew so much about what goes on inside the Trinidad and Tobago FA," said Yorke, in the Express Sports magazine published on December 2, 2004.
"I don't have a problem with him despite what he or others might think. I just do not need the T&TFF's money.
"It is as simple as that and not many other players coming from Trinidad can say that."
But Warner will have the final word on Yorke's return as the Caribbean's most famous player revealed that he was discussing his comeback with the veteran administrator.
"We have made great progress and everything is almost settled," said Yorke.
He explained that his looming return to Trinidad and Tobago colours, which was revealed last month by Tobago House of Assembly (THA) Chief Secretary Orville London, was prompted by his lingering ambitions of playing in the World Cup.
Yorke is afraid he might regret not making a final effort to take his country into the World Cup.
"I have achieved everything in the game bar one," he said. "Being 33, I might regret not coming back and helping because the World Cup only comes around every four years and the next time would be too late."
Yorke won the European Cup, two Premier League titles, one FA Cup and an Intercontinental Cup with Manchester United-where he cost a then club record £12.6 million-while he also lifted the League Cup with Aston Villa and Blackburn Rovers, which completed a clean sweep of every club trophy available in England.
He was the star player when the Trinidad and Tobago national under-20 team qualified for the 1991 FIFA World Youth Championship in Portugal. The 1991 national youth team, which was coached by his mentor, St Clair, and included current captain Angus Eve, goalkeeper Clayton Ince and striker Jerren Nixon, was the only T&T team to qualify for a FIFA tournament and the first English-speaking Caribbean outfit to do so.
Yorke also won MVP honours as a teenager when he steered his country to the inaugural Caribbean Cup title and represented Trinidad and Tobago in two CONCACAF Gold Cup tournaments.
At present, he is seventh in the all-time list of Premier League scorers with 122 goals and the most successful Caribbean footballer ever.
However, his remarkable achievements have been tainted by his lax attitude to discipline on international duty.
Yorke, along with former national star Russell Latapy were allowed separate accommodation and travel arrangements with the national team and were alleged to regularly flout curfews and even skip training sessions.
The matter came to a head when Brazilian coach Rene Simoes dropped both players before a crucial World Cup qualifier at home to Jamaica on June 31, 2001 for failing to attend a practice session.
Yorke and Latapy subsequently resigned to concentrate on their club careers.
Four years later, Yorke's Premier League career looks to be nearing an end as he has failed to establish himself at Birmingham, while his plea to be rescued by another top-flight club was ignored as the transfer window closed yesterday.
However, Yorke claimed that his club woes did not tempt him out of retirement.
"I think it makes it even harder (for me to return)," said Yorke. "If I was playing regularly, it would be easier to fit into high profile because I would already be match fit. But I am around long enough and training every day and in good nick, so I should be fine."
Yorke said he is willing to play in a midfield role if asked by St Clair, who has lamented a lack of quality in that area, although he has not discussed his future role in great detail.
He does not believe he has anything to prove, nor will he offer an apology for past problems. "I do not think I have anything to apologise for," said Yorke, who promised to let his boots talk for him.It is up to Warner to agree.

Thanks Dwight, but no thanks.

By: Keith Clement - T&T Guardian Reporter.

Frankly Speaking.
27-Jan-2005 - With all the Carnival fever in the air, I had decided to take a break and join the fun, but if I let national coach Bertille St Clair off the hook, I would not be doing justice to G-Sports readers.
So Carnival or no Carnival, let me say straight off that St Clair cannot be serious about a Dwight Yorke return.
St Clair, the T&T coach, has made no secret of his desire to have the 33-year-old Yorke back in the national squad.
His latest call for Yorke, who is struggling at Birmingham City, to rejoin the squad came after T&T qualified for the final round of the World Cup qualification tournament in December.
The volatile Yorke quit international football back in 2001, under then coach Brazilian Rene Simoes.
Firstly, the T&T Football Federation did not fire Yorke nor Russell Latapy. They both quit the team in the middle of the 2002 campaign because they refused to be accountable for their actions.
This was despite the fact that during the campaign, they travelled first class to and from Port-of-Spain, they were paid in US $ and before they changed into game kits, they stayed at the best hotels and most times, separate from the rest of the team.
The T&TFF also took out insurance for both Yorke and Latapy.
And if you ask most fans, they would even tell you that Yorke and Latapy never give us more than 60-per cent on the playing field.
So after all this, all the T&TFF and the public which idolised them got was contempt.
To make matters worse, after playing a World Cup qualifying match, the T&TFF organised a National Security helicopter to take Yorke to Piarco Airport so he would not miss his flight back to London.
Indeed, Yorke did miss his flight but he did so to stay in T&T and go partying.
If the truth is to be told, from the day Yorke signed with English Premiership team Manchester United, his attitude was ‘T&T cannot do without me’ and I am of the view that he has held us to ransom.
Also, there were many times he and Latapy arrived to practice late and when they took to the field they would play one-two among themselves.
The duo even refuse to wear the same practice kit as the rest of the team.
So Mr St Clair, after all of the above and those that I will not list, do you really want a Dwight Yorke influence on the present team?
The last time I checked football was still a team sport. Up to the time when both players quit the Soca Warriors, they displayed one thing, they were different from their colleagues.
Do not get me wrong, I am also a fan of both Yorke and Latapy even up to today, I am proud of their achievements and yes, they make me feel proud to be a Trini, but the buck must stop somewhere and if you want peace and harmony in the present team, then we press on with what we have.
On Tuesday, Shaun Fuentes, the T&T Football Federation press officer, told CMC Sports that the T&TFF had not received any official word of Yorke’s availability for the Soca Warriors’ opening fixture against the US on February 9.
He said: “From our standpoint at the T&T Football Federation, we have had no word from Dwight stating that he’s willing to come back,” Fuentes said yesterday.
“We know there has been some talk going on in the past … obviously coach Bertille St Clair has always been trying to see if he could get Dwight to come back into the fray but there is nothing that we can confirm at the moment.”
My question to Mr St Clair is: What can Yorke bring to T&T now that he did not deliver five years ago?
I am also disappointed that Yorke now has a new agent, Orville London, the chief secretary of the Tobago House of Assembly, who has indicated Yorke’s willingness to rejoin the national team.
If Yorke wants to play for T&T again, he must first call the T&TFF and no one else. That is respect in my book.
He must make a public apology to T&T and agree to play for free. He must sign an agreement to attend all practice sessions, even if they are held on Carnival Monday and Tuesday and only then some consideration may be given to his request. The purpose of history is to remind us of the past and not to make the same mistake twice.

Yorke features for World All-Stars.

Playing away with: Lasana Liburd in the UK.
16-Dec-2004 - Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldo, Raul, Edgar Davids and, eh, Dwight Yorke.
Unlike the first four football greats, the Trinidad and Tobago star can no longer boast of playing at the highest level of the world game, which is generally considered-at least in this part of the globe-to be the European Champions' League.
However, Yorke's star is still burning brightly as the Birmingham City striker and former Manchester United record signing was a guest at a gala football event on Tuesday night at Spain's famous Bernabeu Stadium-the home of the Real Madrid Football Club.
Yorke lined up on Tuesday in the second annual "Match against Poverty", which is a United Nations' project conjured up by Brazilian striker Ronaldo and French playmaker Zidane, who are both Madrid stars and two of the most gifted players of their generation.
The match was billed as "Ronaldo and Friends" versus "Zidane and Friends" and featured top players from throughout the globe, while it was broadcast live in several European countries including Britain.
Yorke was selected by Ronaldo, who was a member of the Inter Milan team upstaged by Yorke's famous treble winning Manchester United team in 1998/99, but had to settle for a place on the bench.
The Tobago-born player was introduced at the start of the second half by the joint coaching staff of Brazilian World Cup winners Carlos Alberto Parreira and Luis "Big Phil" Scolari but did not actually share the field with Ronaldo, who was substituted at the interval.
Still, Yorke was able to trade passes with quality players like Spain and Athletico Madrid's Fernando Torres and the Argentine duo of Real Madrid's Walter Samuel and Villareal's Juan Pablo Sorin.
There was an early miskick, which prompted some teasing from the television presenters, but Yorke regained his composure with some neat touches and an extravagant scooped pass while he was instrumental in creating a goal for Sorin as the Ronaldo XI clawed back a 3-1 halftime deficit to end tied at 4-4.
Ronaldo's outfit also included Brazil's Roberto Carlos, Portugal's Luis Figo, Holland's Davids and Spanish goalkeeper Iker Casillas while there were also appearances from ex-Spanish star Emilio Butragueno and successful German racecar driver Michael Schumacher.
Zidane's XI was coached by Marcello Lippi and Didier Deschamps and comprised England's David Beckham, Spain's Raul, Argentina's Fernando Redondo and Nigeria's Sunday Oliseh while retired Croatian star Davor Suker also made an appearance.
Yorke, who was an unused substitute in Birmingham's last two Premier League outings, was the only current Premiership player to appear in the high profile match while he was also the lone Caribbean player present.
Perhaps unsurprisingly considering the location of the fixture, there were no current Barcelona players on show despite the prominence of the Basque squad that includes current Brazilian World Soccer "Player of the Year" Ronaldinho and stars like Portugal's Deco, Cameroon's Samuel Eto'o, Spain's Xavi and Mexico's Rafael Marquez.
The charity match was often played at walking pace with little more than token attempts at tackling the ball but Figo and Davids set hearts racing with their trickery on the ball while Zidane's goalkeeper Santiago Canizares made some superb saves to keep Ronaldo and company at bay.
The inaugural fixture raised approximately £1.5 million for charity and the UN may be satisfied with a similar windfall this year.

Two wrongs don't make a Dwight.

Playing away with: Lasana Liburd in the UK.
02-Dec-2004 - "So how is Bertille going?" asked Dwight Yorke.
Almost with exception, the former Trinidad and Tobago international star starts every interview with a question about the welfare of the national team or its coach and his mentor, Bertille St Clair.
I always oblige with the latest bits of gossip but nothing seems to surprise Yorke and I get the impression he already knows most of what I say.
The fact that, on Saturday, the Birmingham City striker opened with an enquiry about St Clair rather than the "Soca Warriors" told its own story in my judgment.
He probably knows my follow-up question before I ask but it never ceases to amuse him anyway.
"Are you ready to put on national colours again?"
Out flashes the whites of his teeth in his trademark grin, as he proceeds to virtually rules himself out of contention.
In an age where everyone is "110 per cent" or "150 per cent" committed for or against something, Yorke shows a much more perceptive grasp of arithmetic.
He is 99 per cent certain that he has played his last international game.
Yet surely if were to return to international duty, he would have done it by now with Trinidad and Tobago set to enter the final round of World Cup qualifiers.
After a 30-minute discourse on Birmingham's stuttering English Premier League campaign and his publicised recent run-in with a racist football fan, I sensed the mood was right to return to the topic of his international career for the first time.
Three and half years have passed since Yorke quit international football for the second time in two weeks and, almost certainly, the last.
Perhaps the biggest surprise is that his international career lasted the 13 years it did.
Throughout his life in red, white and black colours, Yorke had been loved and mocked by local fans while regularly clashing with local administrators.
But was there something especially different about his last fall out in August 2001 when he and his close friend and equally gifted player, Russell Latapy, submitted resignation letters after being dropped by new coach Brazilian Rene Simoes?
I explained what I had pieced together over the years of two special players who stood out, on and off the ball, whenever the Trinidad and Tobago team got together.
Their superior abilities on the field were matched by preferential treatment off it with the support, if not prompting, of CONCACAF president and Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation (TTFF) special adviser Jack Warner.
Yorke and Latapy were allowed separate accommodation, travel arrangements and match fees while coaches were advised to treat them with deference.
But dismal returns in the final 2002 World Cup qualifying round turned public opinion against the team.
Simoes, who had steered Jamaica to the 1998 World Cup tournament, believed that the latitude afforded to Yorke and Latapy had drastically affected team spirit and read the riot act before dropping the pair for missing training.
Instead of admitting his role and offering support, though, Warner responded by calling Yorke's behaviour "a cancer to the game" and local supporters were so incensed that the pair was advised to stay away from the venue of the subsequent qualifier for their own safety.
My conspiracy theory was worthy of Mel Gibson.
But Yorke did not correct me once in my tale of when two wrongs did not make a "Dwight".
He picked up where I left off.
"Yes, I felt I was a scapegoat," said Yorke, the smile had long disappeared. "The people in charge know exactly what went on. As a player who achieved so much in the game that no one else in the team came close to achieving "
His final sentence suggested some personal justification for the leeway he received and enjoyed.
But there were hints too at more sinister machinations within the TTFF that, although Yorke did not orchestrate, he was not averse to benefiting from.
When things soured, Yorke and Latapy-arguably T&T's most successful and gifted player respectively of all-time-took the fall alone.
Yorke claimed to have made peace within himself but he has not forgotten.
The reason why he will not wear national colours again is due to his fall-out with Warner.On Saturday, three and a half years later, he finally told his side.
"Jack (Warner) knows if there is only one person who can tell him to stick his money up himself, it is me," said Yorke. "While everyone else around him rely on him for their income mine comes from the clubs who paid me throughout the years.
"I think maybe they saw me as a threat because I knew so much about what goes on inside the Trinidad and Tobago FA."
The parting was not amicable and Yorke reasoned that, if the national team was Warner's plaything and the veteran administrator had discarded the player, then he would just pack it in and leave him to it.
But he insisted that there is no lingering animosity.
Yorke said that he had good relations with Warner's wife and sons and still thought warmly of them.
He remembered too when Warner kept him at his home before he signed for Villa and is grateful for the role he played in his life then.
But the time had come for them to go their separate ways.
"I don't have a problem with him despite what he or others might think," said Yorke. "I just do not need the TTFA's money. It is as simple as that and not many other players coming from Trinidad can say that.
"Maybe that was a problem."
He revealed that he still grappled with nostalgia whenever a World Cup loomed.
The 1989 "Strike Squad" holds a special place in his heart although he said he was too young to properly analyse the campaign and what might have gone wrong.
"I was young and naive but I was just enjoying the excitement of it all," he said. "The Strike Squad was totally local so we had that special bond while there were people like Michael Maurice with 100-plus caps so the experience was there in the team too.
"In 2002 (campaign), we had a lot of pros and experience and youth so it was a great opportunity but again we fell by the wayside."
He still remembers the controversial 2000 Gold Cup when Trinidad and Tobago reached the semi-final stage for the first time before losing 1-0 to Canada and took time to respond to another myth.
Yorke was bitterly disappointed when St Clair was sacked after the tournament although he absolved Warner of any blame for his fleeting performance in the competition.
Yorke was allowed to return to England and represent Manchester United in a Premiership match, which ruled him out of a quarterfinal clash with Costa Rica.
Trinidad and Tobago won 2-1 without him thanks to a golden goal from the late Mickey Trotman, but Yorke returned to the United States with an injury and was ruled out of the semi-final as well.
But Yorke explained that United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, and not Warner, had made it almost impossible for him to play.
"Manchester United made the final decision in many ways," said Yorke. "I had gotten injured playing for United but struggled and played and scored for them. But then they would not let me play for my country and I was genuinely injured so what could I do?
"Representing your country is one thing but Man United were my employers and I had to listen to them."
Yorke said he still had only good thoughts about Trinidad and Tobago and their efforts to qualify for a World Cup.
"I still support them and I wish them all the best," he said.
The smile was back on his face.
But the national red, white and black will never be on his back again.

Blues snap up Dwight Yorke.

BCFC.COM - Reports.
01-Sept-2004 - Blues have just completed the signing of Blackburn striker Dwight Yorke for a substantial but undisclosed fee. The 32-year-old has signed a one year deal with a further year's option.
The deal was completed with just minutes to spare before last night's midnight transfer deadline and came despite stiff competition from a number of other clubs, including Scootish giants, Celtic.
The Trinidad and Tobago international said: "I'm relishing the opportunity to continue my Premiership career with a progressive club like Birmingham City. "I greatly admire what Steve Bruce has achieved in his time at Birmingham and I believe it is a club which is going places and I very much look forward to being part of it."
Yorke is a natural goalscorer with a wealth of Premiership experience. He began his career at Villa Park as an untried teenager in 1989, before making the big time in 1998 when he joined Manchester United in a £12m deal.
During his time at Old Trafford he formed a lethal attacking partnership with Andy Cole, which saw United win the treble in 1999. After four successful years at United, he made the short move to Blackburn, where he remained until making the switch to St. Andrew's last night.
Meanwhile, Birmingham Evening Mail Writer Colin Tattum reported that Steve Bruce has urged Blues fans not to make a snap judgment on the shock £250,000 signing of former Villa hero Dwight Yorke.
Blues hi-jacked the 32-year-old striker's proposed transfer from Blackburn Rovers to Celtic when they heard he prefered a switch to St Andrew's.
At one stage on a dramatic day, officials had Yorke in the Celtic Park boardroom and tried to tempt him to the SPL by offering a better deal.
But in the end Bruce and Blues pulled off another surprise coup - faxing registration details just three minutes before the midnight transfer deadline --which the manager knew would not be entirely popular with fans because of Yorke's Villa past.
He said: "Dwight's turned down a giant of a club in Celtic to come to us. He wanted to stay in the Premier League and he wanted to join us.
"You have to respect that. Villa is in the past and his background was of no concern to him when making his decision. He made it clear he was very keen to play for Birmingham.
"I'm delighted we've got someone of his terrific ability. It's not often a European Cup winner becomes available and I am sure he will add something to what we've got - and be a hit with the fans." Although Yorke left Manchester United for Rovers in 2002, he spent nine years at Villa Park and achieved iconic status.
Yet he became a target for their fans when he joined United for £12.6million in 1998 - and manager John Gregory memorably fanned the flames of discontent by saying if he'd had a gun, he would have shot Yorke when he informed him he was off.
Yorke, scorer of 64 goals in 151 games for United and a spearhead of their amazing 1999 European Cup victory over Bayern Munich, has signed a one-year deal with a further year's option.
Bruce first registered his interest in Yorke during pre-season when he was out in the cold after a row with Ewood Park boss Graeme Souness. He gained regular reports on Yorke's fitness and attitude, which were favourable, from his son.
Alex when the Trinidad & Tobago star was forced to train with the reserves and left behind when Rovers toured Germany. Bruce said: "It was a hectic day yesterday. We got a tip-off that Blackburn had agreed to sell him and that he was on his way to Celtic.
"We pulled out all the stops. I managed to get to speak to him and told him that before deciding anything, to give us a shout. "In fact, Dwight made it clear he would prefer to join us and although it was touch-and-go we managed to push it through."
With Blues struggling to convert chances into goals and Mikael Forssell out of sorts, Yorke could provide a perfect tonic for the attack. Bruce said: "He's proven at the highest level and is a great athlete. I've no qualms about him." Yorke said: "I'm relishing the opportunity to continue my Premiership career with a progressive club like Birmingham City. "I greatly admire what Steve Bruce has achieved in his time at Birmingham and I believe it is a club which is going places and I very much look forward to being part.

Dwight Yorke signs for Rovers.

By Terry Land.
26-July-2002 - Dwight Yorke has ended his Old Trafford nightmare by joining Blackburn.
Manchester United and Blackburn finally agreed a deal for the out-of-favour striker after weeks of haggling over the fee.
Rovers have beaten United down to a cut-price £2million fee, although that could rise to £2.6million depending on appearances and how well Rovers do.
The former Trinidad and Tobago international has agreed a three-year contract, which will take him through to June 2005.
Yorke revealed his delight at the switch and is hoping a change of scenery can kick start a career which had faltered in recent months at Old Trafford.
He said: "I can't wait to get going - this is a new start for me and I am determined to grasp the opportunity.
"It has been a little frustrating over the past year or so, but all that is history. My aim is to get back among the goals and help Rovers move forward.
"There's a passion deep inside me that wants to do well and I'm desperate to re-establish myself in the Premiership."
And Rovers boss Graeme Souness was relieved to finally secure Yorke's signature after weeks of negotiations with United.
He said: "Dwight is a player I have targeted for some time and it is tremendous news he has signed for us today.
"I am delighted. He is a top quality player with a proven track record who can only be an asset as we look to go forward."
United had been looking to offload Yorke for a year since he fell from favour at the club.
His last competitive appearance was as a substitute in the Red's FA Cup defeat at Middlesbrough in January.
And Yorke will hope to rekindle the prolific partnership he enjoyed with Andy Cole at Old Trafford. The pair helped fire United to the Treble in 1999 in Yorke's first season at the club.

Russell Latapy & Dwight Yorke quit Soca Warriors
 28-Jun-2001 - National skipper Russell Latapy and striker Dwight Yorke will not play football for Trinidad and Tobago again.
This action follows Brazilian-coach Rene Simoes's decision to axe both players for tomorrow's CONCACAF zone World Cup qualifying match against arch-rivals Jamaica.
Simoes who took over after Scottish-born coach Ian Porterfield was fired on Monday said Latapy and Yorke failed to turn up to training sessions since returning from the United States and Bermuda, and were not in camp at the Emerald Plaza Hotel, Tunapuna, since the team returned home on Monday night.
Late yesterday, Yorke and Latapy issued a faxed statement, indicating their resignation from international football.
The faxed statement signed by Yorke and Latapy read: "We wish to express our thanks and appreciation for the opportunity provided and the support rendered by members of the technical committee and the administrative personnel throughout our tenure on the national senior football team.
"It is thus with heavy hearts that we advised the technical director today of our decision to resign from the senior team with immediate effect.
"This decision, which we believe is in the mutual interest of all concerned is due primarily to our personal commitments as well as the increasing and conflicting demands of our clubs, Manchester United and Rangers FC, and the national team.
MORE: The decision by skipper Russell Latapy and Dwight Yorke to quit Trinidad and Tobago football was deliberately timed to destabilise the national team.
FIFA vice-president Austin Jack Warner made these comments yesterday.
He said however, "if they want to go, let them go." Warner said he does not propose to seek any sanctions against Yorke and Latapy. "Let them go ahead and play their football," he said.
I believe it should have been earlier when we consider the damage that has been done to the team and to football.
"A lot of damage has been done and I also believe that the timing of the resignations have been deliberate, in an effort to destabilise the team before the match against Jamaica."
But in a brief interview on Thursday, Latapy said, "I'm going to make a statement about my future with the national team after the match. Maybe on Monday, because we (meaning Dwight Yorke and himself) don't want to do anything that will affect the team before the Jamaica match."
Both Yorke and Latapy later announced their resignations by fax to the news media.
Warner, who is an advisor to the Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation (TTFF) added, "It is sad what they have done, mainly their efforts to destabilise the team after all this country and football have done for these two players are unpardonable."
Warner, who said he was very disappointed regarding the timing and sudden decision to resign from the national team explained: "We have to look ahead and turn this around positively. I always thought we would have either Dwight or Russell as the George Weah of the Caribbean.
George Weah of Liberia, a former FIFA and African Footballer of the Year singularly took his money and invest in his country's football.
He bought the equipment, pay for the training and for the team to travel overseas, he coached them himself, plays with them and was able to get FIFA to help him build a stadium.
"Today, Liberia are just three points away from qualifying for their first- ever World Cup".
"This is the same dream I thought Dwight would have for his country, at least Tobago.
"The fact that it isn't being done, to me is a dream that has not come through. It's like I have failed. We must use this as an example to avoid it happening in the future."
Asked if he is surprised by Yorke's decision after what happened two weeks ago when he was dropped for the Honduras World Cup qualifier and then reinstated, Warner said, "That tells you the depth of those two players' national commitment.
"Again, I want to repeat, this is a lesson for all other players of the future on how not to be a patriot to your country."
Asked whether he thought his investment had gone to waste, Warner replied: "A waste no. You waste it because the guys did not deliver what you thought they would have.
"In my own personal way I feel aggrieved because I have invested over $10 million of my money in this campaign."
TTFF president Oliver Camps told Newsday, "I'm very disappointed with the decision the two players took and the timing of their resignations.
"Like Mr Warner, I too agree that it is a deliberate plan to destablise the team before today's match".
Asked if he was surprised by the players' decision to resign from the team Camps said, "Yes, I am."
He said, "neither of them called me before to give prior notice and that surprised me because I have a good relation with both players, so I'm surprised."
On Thursday three hours after discussion with technical director and coach Brazilian Rene Simoes and manager Neville Chance, Latapy and Yorke announced they will not play football for Trinidad and Tobago again.
Their action followed Simoes' decision to drop them from the World Cup squad for today's CONCACAF zone World Cup qualifying match against arch-rivals Jamaica.
Simoes who took over from fired Scottish-born coach Ian Porterfield said, Latapy and Yorke failed to turn up to training sessions since returning from the United States and Bermuda, and were not in camp at the Emerald Plaza Hotel, Tunapuna.
When both players turned up at the team's training session at the Oval in street clothes Chance told reporters Yorke said he was not mentally prepared for today's match.
Chance said Latas explained, he went to Scotland to look after his future.
The midfield supremo left on Tuesday for Scotland to finalise contract terms with Scottish Premier League team Glasgow Rangers. He returned on Wednesday night.

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