Trinidad and Tobago’s National Senior Men’s Team will not have the services of English-born midfielder John Bostock for tomorrow’s 2018 CONCACAF World Cup qualifier against St Vincent and the Grenadines.
Trinidad and Tobago head coach Stephen Hart addressed the matter, stating “It’s a situation where I misread the FIFA documentation and failed to realize that there was an amendment to the original ruling of players switching their country of choice and because John had already played for England at the international youth level, he as the player needs to write to FIFA stating that he no longer wishes to play for England and intends to switch to Trinidad and Tobago,” Hart explained.
“Our President was going over the final details to ensure all was in order and made this discovery and he advised me. It’s unfortunate but we’ve spoken to John and he understands the situation. We will now wait for feedback to see when the process is completed by FIFA to have a better idea of when he can make his debut for us in the World Cup qualification competition,” Hart added.
Bostock would have been eligible to play had it been an international friendly and not an official FIFA World Cup qualifying game.
‘Warriors’ in Kingstown… Getting Ready for Battle!
Trinidad and Tobago’s Senior Team arrived in Kingstown shortly after 4pm on Wednesday before heading to the Buccament Bay Resort, located some forty minutes from the capital.
The team, under head coach Stephen Hart, settled in a a comfortable environment at the seas-front establishment, before engaging in a training session on Thursday morning at the Resort’s training field which is located walking distance from the hotel.
The ‘Warriors’ will have their official 45-minute pregame training at the Arnos Vale Recreation Field from 5pm on Thursday.
“We’ve gotten here and now the team is settled in which was the most important thing especially when you are coming to places like these for a qualifying game. We had a light session, just to go over a few things this morning and now we will have field of the surface later on today. Everything now is game specific and focusing on the task at hand tomorrow,” Hart said.