Gray switches international allegiance to Jamaica from England

Gray switches international allegiance to Jamaica from England

Demarai Gray has switched international allegiance from England to Jamaica.

The Everton forward, 26, who has played through the age groups for England, has been named in Jamaica’s squad for the upcoming Gold Cup.

He received a call-up to the full England squad from Gareth Southgate in 2018 but did not make an appearance.

Jamaica manager Heimir Hallgrimsson has been in contact with Gray on and off since his appointment last September as part of a plan to recruit top European talent eligible to play for the national team.

The Everton man will join an exciting forward line which already boasts stars such as Aston Villa’s Leon Bailey and West Ham’s Michail Antonio.

Gray qualifies through his maternal grandparents, who are from Clarendon in Jamaica’s south, where he still has many more relatives.

Our 2023 Concacaf Gold Cup Squad has been named! 💪🏿
.#ReggaeBoyz #GoldCup #ThisIsOurs #JFF_Football pic.twitter.com/6uSI0iMgHo

— Official J.F.F (@jff_football) June 19, 2023

Gray started his career at Birmingham City and then moved to Leicester City in 2016 where he won the Premier League before a short stay at Bayer Leverkusen and a return to the Premier League with Everton in 2021. He scored four goals in 33 Premier League appearances last season as Everton narrowly avoided relegation.

Jamaica face the United States on June 25 and Trinidad and Tobago on June 29.

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