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CLAYTON INCE is confident that he will be going to Germany to this season to fulfil his World Cup dream.


Despite only playing four senior games for Coventry City this season, the goalkeeper believes his vast international experience will give him the edge to get a place in Trinidad and Tobago's squad this summer.

The Soca Warriors official party is yet to be confirmed, but the 33-year-old Sky Blues second choice said: "I have been given a good indication that I will be included in the final squad.

"Although I am not playing for my club right now, I am staying focused and fit so that I am ready for the occasion.

"That is the most important thing so that I am in the right shape and frame of mind when called upon to do the job, and I am looking forward to it.

"They will be taking three goalkeepers but, with the record I have back home, I think has been taken into consideration. I know the manager is yet to make his final decision but it still looks really positive to me."

Dundee's Kelvin Jack and West Ham's Shaka Hislop are expected to be picked ahead of him, while Fulham's Tony Warner is also vying for that coveted third place.

"So far Kelvin Jack has been doing really well, as has Shaka, and I have the experience from before and we are all looking to see who the manager will pick at the right time to play in the games.

"I have got a lot of caps for Trinidad - almost 90 - and a lot of experience so I know exactly what they are looking for and what they expect, and particularly what the manager (Leo Beenhakker) expects.

So I am looking forward to going to Germany and showing the manager even though I am not playing for my club, I am fully focused and committed to the job."

And, once in the final squad, Ince is hoping to show his worth in one of three friendlies scheduled for May.

"I hope to get a game and I think the manager will allow each keeper to have at least one to show that they are really ready for it and able to take the No.1 spot," said the player whose nation is in the same World Cup group as England.

"I have a lot of caps because I made my senior debut in 1994, so hopefully that experience will count for a lot.

"I just want to play football and be happy, which is the most important thing for a footballer.

"I played in the 1990 Youth World Cup in Portugal as an under-20 player so I would love to add a senior World Cup to my career."