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Former England player switches allegiance to Jamaica

SIGNING: Former England Under-21 player Ravel Morrison is to play for Jamaica's football team

RAVEL MORRISON, the former England Under-21 player has joined Jamaica’s football team aka Reggae Boyz after leaving Atlas in Mexico.

Morrison confirmed the news on Twitter. He tweeted: “Making my way to Jamaica. Sorting my documents and papers this week so can [sic] be ready for the next games.”

The 25-year-old, a former Manchester United midfielder and former player for Atlas in Mexico, won four England Under-21 caps.

Roy Simpson, the Jamaica football team manager, said Morrison was keen on joining up and playing for the country. He is eligible to play for Jamaica’s because of his mother’s heritage.

The player reportedly met with officials from the Jamaican team this month and was invited to train with players between 21-26 March.

Former Manchester United captain Rio Ferdinand previously described Morrison as the most naturally gifted young player he had ever seen.

Ferdinand said: “I’d pay to go and watch him train, let alone go and watch him play in a match.”

In his book Leading, Sir Alex Ferguson referred to Morrison as possessing “as much natural talent as any youngster we ever signed”.

Morrison made his debut for United in 2011, aged 18. In addition to United and Atlas, he has also played for West Ham, Birmingham, Queens Park Rangers, Cardiff and Lazio.

The national football team of Jamaica failed to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

They will play Antigua and Barbuda on Sunday 25 March. Morrison will not be playing in the friendly.

In 2011, Morrison admitted two counts of witness intimidation and was also convicted of criminal damage after a throwing his then-girlfriend’s phone out a window.

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