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The 2022 World Cup in Qatar is still over 18 months away but Jamaica's football federation are already making moves to acquire citizenship for several high-profile players, including Michail Antonio, Demarai Gray, Isaac Hayden and Nathan Redmond.
Jamaica are clearly looking to boost their hopes of qualifying for next year's tournament with a host of talented stars from England's top two divisions.
In fact, JFF President Michael Ricketts has recently confirmed he has been in contact with several players.
The likes of Andre Gray, Liam Moore and Everton centre-back Mason Holgate have been mentioned in discussions, as well as Kemar Roofe, Ivan Toney and Norwich City defender Max Aarons, who still needs convincing to switch allegiances.
JFF President Michael Ricketts confirmed all of these players (except Max Aarons) listed + Michail Antonio have or are in the process of acquiring passports for Jamaica MNT
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In an interview with SportsMax this week, Ricketts spoke about the 10-player shortlist they aim to call-up ahead of next year's tournament.
"Looking at the [above] list, I see Andre Gray, I see Demarai Gray, I see Isaac Hayden, who himself called the JFF to express his desire." he said.
"Mason Holgate, Liam Moore, who has actually acquired his Jamaican passport, Nathan Redmond, Kemar Roofe and Ivan Toney. All of these are in the process of acquiring their Jamaican passport."
Ricketts says the process is "a little tedious" because of the pandemic but the process "is ongoing".
He continued, saying: "We are hopeful we will get the passports for these gentlemen in reasonable time. We have been having discussions."
West Ham striker Michail Antonio, another player who has yet to apply for his Jamaican passport, has recently requested to represent the Reggae Boyz at international level.
In fact, Ricketts met with Antonio and his agent last month, where they put documentation together to help to expedite the process for Antonio to acquire his Jamaican passport.
The additions of Antonio and other top-flight players will certainly give Theodore Whitmore's side a stronger chance of qualifying for next year's World Cup and beyond.
We've put together two potential starting XI's that Jamaica could field, including current squad members Leon Bailey, Ravel Morrison and Bobby Decordova-Reid.
Here is another starting XI that could feature for Jamaica.
They haven't appeared in a World Cup since 1998 but this current - and potential crop - of players certainly have the potential to reach the promised land come next year.
How far do you think they can go?
Let us know in the comments.
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