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Last year, he was struggling to maintain a place in the National team at a time when Bertille St Clair had taken over the role as head coach. But today, with the national team set to take on the United States in a 2006 World Cup qualifying match, Anton Pierre is in the 18-man squad and likely to start.

Pierre, a former Under 23 player, has fought hard to become a fitter individual during the past six months and is now hoping to add to his winner scored against Haiti last week.

“It’s just been down to personal sacrifices and hard work over the past few months,” Pierre said. “I decided that I really wanted to get into the team and the only way was to get fitter and try and become a better player and honestly I’ve felt much better in recent times and it’s beginning to show on the field. Hopefully I can come good for the team and make a contribution because we are aiming for nothing but a win,” the Defence Force soldier stated on Monday after a training session in the sister-isle. Apart from Pierre, Bertille St Clair has been getting good offerings from other home-based pros like Keyeno Thomas, Atiba Charles, Derek King, Marlon Rojas, Nigel Pierre and Angus Eve.