Morrison very likely for Gold Cup – Simpson
National senior men's football team manager Roy Simpson said he remains very optimistic that Swedish-based midfielder Ravel Morrison will be available for the next month's Concacaf Gold Cup tournament.
The 26-year-old Morrison, who represented England at the Under-16, Under-17, Under-18 and Under-21 levels, currently plies his trade for Ostersund in Sweden.
However, despite receiving his Jamaican citizenship over a year ago, Morrison, a former Manchester United player, has yet to make his debut for the Reggae Boyz.
Simpson told STAR Sports he has been in contact with Morrison's agent, who has been working assiduously to has the player available for the Gold Cup tournament.
"I spoke to his agent (yesterday) and what he has told me is that Ravel is near to completing all that is needed, outside of having his Jamaican passport," Simpson said.
"He has told me that they are about 85 per cent sure that he should be ready for the Gold Cup. But what I am trying to insist on is that we have to submit the Gold Cup provisional list in a week's time, but we can't submit the provisional list unless everything relating to the player participation in the Gold Cup has been competed. However, his agent has assured that they are on track. So we look forward to including Ravel in the provisional list and, hopefully, he will make the final 23-man squad for the Gold Cup."
Simpson also reaffirmed his belief that Morrison has the quality needed to improve the team.
"Everybody knows his quality, and everybody has watched his development and the many accolades that he has gotten from the some of the top coaches and managers in Europe," he said.
"We believe that especially with the position that he plays in midfield, where we need strengthening, Ravel will certainly provide a lot of quality for us in this area of the pitch."