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West Ham boss David Moyes still hoping Michail Antonio can earn England call-up

David Moyes would love to see Gareth Southgate taking the Mick with England.

Firstly, because it would mean Michail Antonio had scored a hatful of goals for West Ham in the run-in.

And, secondly, because it would keep him out of the clutches of Jamaica and mean he wasn’t having to travel thousands of miles for every Reggae Boyz get-together.

The West Ham star is one of 15 UK-based players on Jamaica’s radar ahead of next year’s World Cup in Qatar.

He turned down the chance to represent Jamaica in 2016 and was called up to two England squads under Sam Allardyce and Gareth Southgate.

Moyes will support whatever decision Antonio makes but worries what price too much travel would come at now he’s 30

But, crucially, he didn’t make his debut and that has left the door open for the 30-year-old to be approached by the Jamaican FA.

Moyes said: “If he could score a bundle of goals he would come into consideration but when you start with Harry Kane and then you have Dominic Calvert-Lewin and others, then England have a lot of strikers who are scoring goals in the Premier League.

“If I’m looking at it from a distance, Gareth has tended to choose some of the more youthful players over some more senior.

“But if Mick scores a bundle for us and helps us in the run-in then I’m still hopeful it might happen.

Harry Kane and other English strikers are firing this season but Antonio would offer Gareth Southgate something completely different with the way he plays the game

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“In no way am I saying him choosing Jamaica would be a bad choice because I’m not saying that.

“But, slightly for selfish reasons, if he was selected for England it would mean he has less travelling than if he does choose to go to Jamaica.

“At the moment, I just want him to keep playing well for us and the big thing will be for him to keep fit and in a good physical condition.

“We all know when you get a bit older, if you have not been selected for your country you might want the the opportunity to play international football elsewhere and if that happened I would be wishing him my best and saying, ‘Go on and do what you think is right for you’.

“But in the same breath, you would think if he was having to go and play for Jamaica it would have an effect on travel etc., for someone who hasn’t been doing it since he was a 20-year-old, 21, year-old.”

Meanwhile, Moyes admits he is growing increasingly frustrated with VAR after Fulham had a goal ruled out against Tottenham on Thursday.

He added: “We were always talking about referees’ decisions but even more so because we’re not liking the technology coming in as well.

“If it helped them to have the technology we’d all support that.

“But we can’t take away the spirit and the emotion from the supporters because it is spreading to the managers, players and coaches.”




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