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Toronto FC defender Julius James has received his first call-up for Trinidad and Tobago. James will be in the squad for World Cup Qualifiers against Guatemala and the United States next week. The defender previously took part in a training camp with his national team but it will be his first experience of being in the squad for a game.

"It's really great for me and a very special thing to get a call-up for my country," said James. "There are a lot of international players that belong to Trinidad and Tobago so it's a big honour. It's an amazing feeling right now. Before the World Cup they called me down to Florida to train. I was still in college then and I didn't feel I was ready."

"To be going with the team for a World Cup Qualifier is something that I have dreamed about, and hopefully it will be the first of many," said James. "I've made a few strides forward in the league this season. I wish I had been able to play more games, but I got injured in pre-season and the coach didn't think I was ready. Recently I've been playing pretty well, and this is a nice reward."

James is one of nine Toronto FC players going away on international duty following the game at Chivas USA on Saturday: Greg Sutton and Jim Brennan (Canada), Amado Guevara (Honduras), Carlos Ruiz (Guatemala), Tyrone Marshall (Jamaica), Carl Robinson (Wales), Marvell Wynne (USA), Jarrod Smith (New Zealand).