Demarai Gray is changing his international allegiance from England to Jamaica, joining West Ham’s Michail Antonio in doing so.
Everton’s Demarai Gray, a youth international for England, is changing allegiances after earning a spot for Jamaica’s CONCACAF Gold Cup squad.
Between 2016 and 2018, the 26-year-old made 26 appearances for England at the Under 21 level under then-manager Gareth Southgate.
Southgate then decided to send Gray to Russia for the 2018 World Cup, even though he didn’t take part.
Since then, the winger has mostly been overlooked by England’s team. As a result, the player made the decision to join the Reggae Boyz after obtaining a Jamaican passport through his maternal grandparents.
Demarai Gray: The New Journey from England to Jamaica
Since September 2022, Gray claims to have be in contact with manager Heimir Hallgrimsson. Gray is only the most recent player in the Premier League to decide to switch teams after receiving more playing time.
Michail Antonio of West Ham promised to play for the country in May 2021, and has subsequently gained seven international caps after a number of England call-ups since 2016 that were impeded in part by recurring injuries.
Leon Bailey, who plays for Aston Villa, has been with the club since 2019, having originally appearing for the U23 team four years ago.
In his 19 appearances for his country, the 25-year-old has three goals.
English Premier League players Bobby Decordova Reid of Fulham. Brentford’s Ethan Pinnock gathers the team that won for the competition in June.
At the end of the month, Jamaica will face Trinidad and Tobago as well as the freshly crowned CONCACAF Nations League winners, the United States.
The United States Men’s National Team has won the event seven times and will attempt to equal Mexico’s record of eight Gold Cup triumphs as tournament co-hosts alongside Canada.