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Sawyers heading off to join up with St Kitts and Nevis

International duty for Brentford midfield man

7 October 2018

Brentford midfield player Romaine Sawyers will be linking up with St Kitts and Nevis for another match next week. The Caribbean country are participating in the qualifying stages of the CONCACAF Nations League over the course of the season and will play four matches. They won the first of those, against Puerto Rico, last month and play the next, against Saint Martin, on Sunday 14 October. Romaine is in the squad for that game.

St Kitts will also play Canada and Suriname later in the season with the matches in November and March respectively. The other 33 teams taking part in the qualification will also play four matches – two at home and two away – and will be ranked at the end of the fixture schedule in March. The top ten will join the six nations that finished top in the CONCACAF qualification section for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup, the regional championship for North American, Central American and Caribbean nations.

The four matches will also act as qualification for the 2019/20 CONCACAF Nations League, a new tournament involving all 41 counties in the region featuring promotion and relegation. That tournament will be played across the 2019/20 season with most matches next autumn.

St Kitts have played four games so far in 2018, drawing with Nicaragua and losing to Dominican Republic and Jamaica before the win over Puerto Rico. Romaine played against Dominican Republic and captained his country against Puerto Rico, earning his 23rd cap. He has played five times for his country since joining Brentford from Walsall in the summer of 2016.

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