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Ex-Man United starlet Morrison in Jamaica squad

Jamaica captain and Philadelphia star Andre Blake chats with ESPN about his Gold Cup heroics, European ambitions and more.

Former Manchester United and England youth international Ravel Morrison has been named in Jamaica's preliminary 40-player squad for this summer's Gold Cup.

The 26-year-old midfielder shone for England youth national teams and was widely lauded as a future star for the Three Lions, but the former West Ham United player has struggled to consolidate himself at club level and is currently playing for Ostersunds in Sweden.

Along with time at Lazio and stints at Birmingham City and Queens Park Rangers, Morrison played one year on loan at Liga MX club Atlas. 

Morrison traveled to Jamaica for the Reggae Boyz' game against Antigua and Barbuda in March 2018 and has since obtained his Jamaican passport.

"Ravel has received his passport; there are some issues that he has to be sorting out and he has indicated to us that hopefully at the start of the Gold Cup, he will be ready," Jamaica team manager Roy Simpson said in February, in quotes carried by RJR News. "So it's now up to him and his agent to do what they need to do to come on board."

Ravel Morrison features during Atlas' Apertura match against Morelia.
Ravel Morrison will join Jamaica's preliminary Gold Cup squad.

Jamaica head coach Theodore Whitmore also called in Bayer Leverkusen's 21-year-old winger Leon Bailey, who has previously been reluctant to accept call-ups and has cast doubts on whether he would represent Jamaica.

Jamaica are in Group C of this summer's Gold Cup alongside El Salvador, Honduras and Curacao. The Reggae Boyz kick off their campaign against Honduras in Kingston on June 17.

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