Hunt on for foreign-based players for men’s Under-20 squad

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Hunt on for foreign-based players for men’s Under-20 squad

With preparations underway for the qualifying phase of 2023 FIFA Men’s Under-20 World Cup in Indonesia, Head Coach Angus Eve is now scouting players from overseas in an effort to field a competitive team.

The TT Football Association recently started having screening sessions for players eager to represent their country and Eve, during a media session at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva on Saturday, said, “Things are going smooth so far. I think the staff and the (TTFA) have done a tremendous job to organise this.”

Eve said: “The plan is simply that we do the screening until the end of February. That will encompass the foreign-based players who have parentage (in TT)…we have some boys in Germany, we have a goalkeeper in Norwich City in England, we have a couple of them in some of the MLS (Major League Soccer) teams, some of the USL (United Soccer League) teams. They will have a different level of play and fitness. They will come a bit closer to the end (of the screening).”

In January, trials will be held for footballers in Tobago.

TT is one of the region’s 16 top-ranked men’s Under-20 teams who have received a bye to the 2022 CONCACAF Final Championship which will be played in the summer of 2022.

The finalists will qualify for the FIFA Men’s Under-20 World Cup Indonesia 2023 and 2024 Paris Summer Olympic Games. The two losing semifinalists will also guarantee their participation in the FIFA Men’s Under-20 World Cup.