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San Juan Jabloteh midfielder Tyrone Charles believes he is more than ready for the call to national duty this time around than he was almost two years ago when he earned his first call for an international friendly versus Panama.

The 28-year-old has been enjoying a solid season for Jabloteh and his performances of late caught the eye of head coach Tom Saintfiet who drafted him into the final squad that travelled to Nicaragua on Christmas Day.

Charles came on in the second half of Tuesday’s 2-1 loss in Managua and struck a free kick which clipped the cross bar, also delivering a couple crosses that caused problems for the Nicaraguan defence.

Charles from Carenage said, “I think this time I was more ready than I was the first time when I got called to the national team. I am grateful for the opportunity. I knew this season I was having some good performances so when the call came I made up my mind that it was time to come out and grab the opportunity. When the coach put me on in the second half I felt I was being asked to go out there and do a job and I thought I did alright.”

He went to explain, “Football is what I love, so I really felt that this second chance I am getting is something I have to take great advantage of. Getting on the national team is an honour for any player, and I want to hopefully start in the next game against Nicaragua and stay in the team for the qualifying games in January against Suriname and Haiti.”

Asked about the team the former Mucurapo East Secondary player said, “I think we have strong team with some experienced players who I have enjoyed working with and learning different things every day in camp. It is important for us to get a good performance and hopefully a better result on Friday and then go on to win the two games in January.”

Charles lined up alongside the likes of Ataulla Guerra, Khaleem Hyland and Kevin Molino at the Secondary schools level before joining the professional ranks.