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Defence Force burly defender Anton Pierre is today a bit disappointed at being left out of the National team by new National Coach Leo Beenhakker.


The strongly built anchorman admitted he was taken by surprise when he learnt of his omission, but he told ttproleague.com that he is looking on the bright side.

“It was a shock to me, because personally, I believe I am in the best form of my life, I have lost a couple pounds, and I have been playing at a consistently high level, but I guess that’s football, and the new coach will have his own thoughts,” said Pierre.

“However, I will not be phased, I am going to continue working hard and giving 100% at all times and I can only hope that I get a recall.”

Anton Pierre has come on leaps and bounds in recent times—and established himself as one of the country’s better defenders, and he was considered a key man in the Bertille St. Clair line up, but with the arrival of the Dutch born coach Leo Beenhakker, Pierre failed to make the first cut.

Beenhakker has narrowed down a squad of locally based players from 25 to 17, and has invited 23 overseas based players to have a look at in the coming weeks.

Looking at the Pro League, Pierre who is now a senior player with Defence Force, is excited about the 2005 season, he believes there are good things in store for the Army/Coast Guard outfit this year.

“The guys are all working hard, and they want to do well, there is a renewed vigor in the camp, we are aiming to be up there in the top three, and also looking to take away the knockout titles on offer.”

Defence Force is currently lie 5th on the standings on 8 points.