Jamaica wants Mason Greenwood to switch allegiance for 2022 World Cup

Mason Greenwood

The Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) is said to have approached Mason Greenwood about playing for the Reggae Boyz in a bid to qualify for the 2022 Football World Cup.

And according to The Telegraph, Greenwood is considering his international future and could switch allegiance to Jamaica.

Greenwood, a highly rated prospect, plays for English Premier League club Manchester United and has played for England’s senior men’s team in one match so far, and a UEFA Nations League match back in September 2020.

However, he was later removed from the squad for breaching COVID-19 rules and since then has not been selected. Greenwood was in a provisional squad for the Euro’s ongoing tournament but pulled out because of injury.

The 19-year-old is eligible to play for the Caribbean nation through his parents. Despite playing a game so far, he is able to switch allegiances as the rules say that a player below the age of 21 that has played three games is able to change the nation that they represent.

It is believed that the JFF would definitely welcome the talented youngster, who scored seven goals in the Premier League last season, as part of it’s World Cup 2022 plans.

If Greenwood, decides to take up the offer, he would join with the likes of Mikail Antonio, Ravel Morrison, Liam Moore, and several other English-based stars to play for the Reggae Boys.

Reports are that the JFF is actively seeking to court others players into the national outfit and have approached talented Everton defender Mason Holgate as well.

It is believed that the increased competition in the English set up could force some players to seek other pastures having seen hopes of playing international football for England dry up.

This is not something new for the JFF as in 1998, a cadre of English born stars helped the Reggae Boyz to an historic World Cup qualification. Among those was Paul Hall who is now an assistant coach with the team.