Jamaica is open to Mason Greenwood switching allegiances from England internationally, the Reggae Boyz head coach has revealed in a new interview.
The former Manchester United striker is currently on loan at Getafe and scored his first goal since moving to LaLiga on Sunday.
Greenwood is eligible for selection by the island nation due to his Jamaican heritage and meets the international eligibility criteria, having only played a single senior game for England.
The 22-year-old is believed to have been ruled out for a later England call-up by Gareth Southgate and has not featured for the Three Lions since being sent home for a Covid-19 breach following his debut in September 2020 in the race. 19 regulations.
But Jamaica’s head coach Heimir Hallgrimsson did not rule out an international return for the player, albeit in different colors.
Jamaica would be interested in using Mason Greenwood should the striker return to form
The 22-year-old scored his first goal for Getafe on Sunday after his 18-month ban
Jamaica coach Heimir Hallgrimsson (pictured in 2014) said the nation wanted “the best”.
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“I don’t think I’m any different from any coach in the world,” Hallgrimsson said The athlete when asked about the possibility of Greenwood switching allegiances. “We want to have the best talent on our teams.”
“If he reaches his previous fitness and level, that level could help Jamaica and all coaches would want to have good players in their team and we are no different.”
“Of course he will come with some baggage, but it is premature to talk about players who are not here.” But whatever happens will happen. “I want the best players with the best skills to play for my team.”
Dennis Chung, general secretary of the Jamaica Football Association, expressed similar interest in February, but Greenwood is said to have initially rejected the opportunity to represent the country.
Greenwood left Old Trafford following the decision to continue his career outside his boyhood club following the conclusion of the Red Devils’ internal investigation into their former academy player.
United launched their review after dropping rape and assault charges against the player in February 2023, with the Crown Prosecution Service dropping the charges following the withdrawal of key witnesses.
Greenwood made just one senior start for Gareth Southgate’s England side in September 2020
The player was sent home after Greenwood and Phil Foden were found to have breached Covid-19 regulations in Iceland
Before making his debut for Getafe in September, Greenwood had not played a competitive game since January 2022, having been arrested later that month and subsequently suspended on full salary from the club.
Should Greenwood make the move, he would join a number of former England talents who have made similar moves to represent the Reggae Boyz.
Michail Antonio has been playing for the team since moving in 2021, as have Ethan Pinnock, Bobby Decordova Reid and Leon Bailey.
Everton’s Demarai Gray was the latest player to make the move, receiving his first call-up for Jamaica in June 2023, making him part of the CONCACAF Gold Cup squad.