Brentford captain Romaine Sawyers has been called up for a vital CONCACAF Nations League qualification match. The Brentford skipper has been selected by St Kitts and Nevis for a game away to Suriname that will be played next Saturday, 23 March. It is the final game of the qualification process for the inaugural CONCACAF Nations League and the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup, the regional championship for North American, Central American and Caribbean nations.
St Kitts have played three games in qualifying so far. Romaine helped his country beat Puerto Rico and Saint Martin last year, but they ended 2018 with a defeat to Canada. That leaves St Kitts placed ninth out of 34 nations in the qualification stages. Each team plays four games in the qualification and will be ranked at the end of the next round of games, taking place this month. The top ten will join the six that finished top in the CONCACAF qualification section for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in the Gold Cup, which will be played in June and July.
St Kitts will almost certainly reach the Gold Cup if they win and could also finish in the top six in the table, which will put them in League A in 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 played six games in 2018, drawing with Nicaragua and losing to Dominican Republic and Jamaica before the Nations League games. Romaine played in four of those games and now has 25 caps for his country. He has played seven times for St Kitts since joining Brentford from Walsall in the summer of 2016.