Woodbine upset about national U-20 snub

April 06, 2018
@Normal:St Elizabeth's Clifton Woodbine (right) challenges Kingston College's Omar Thompson for a high ball during the ISSA/FLOW Super Cup final at Sabina Park last season.


Cavalier's central defender Clifton Woodbine says he is very disappointed that he has been overlooked by the national selectors for Jamaica's Under-20 team for their tour of Grand Cayman this month.

The 18-year-old Woodbine, who has been a mainstay in Cavalier's defence since February, told STAR Sports that he is shocked not to be selected for the junior Reggae Boyz team.

"I am very disappointed because I know that I deserve to be in the national Under-20 team, but I did not get selected," said Woodbine.

"I know that it must be a reason why I was not selected for the team, but I am just going to continue to work hard on my game," he said.

Woodbine added: "From the day I came into the Cavalier team, I have been helping the team to move forward into the top six and also into the semi-finals of the competition, and so I have done well this season."

However, head coach of the national Under-20 team, Vassell Reynolds, said Woodbine was not selected for the team because he was not actively playing any football locally when the team was named.

"He wasn't considered for this tournament because he just returned from overseas after started playing again," said Reynolds.

"This 24-man squad was not cast in stone, it was just to select 16 men to go this tournament in Grand Cayman," he said. When I called up this squad, he was just retuning after eight weeks out of the country and not playing any football.

"However, he will be part of the squad for the Under-20 World Cup qualifiers in November," Reynolds said.

The tournament, which also comprises hosts Cayman Islands Under-20 and Under-23 and Cuba, will run from April 13-15. The fourth team has not yet been confirmed for participation.

Clifton is the younger brother of discarded national defender O'Brian, who now plays his football for Charleston Battery in the United Soccer League in the United States.

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