Brentford defender Ethan Pinnock has been named in the Jamaica squad for a trio of upcoming matches. Jamaica are currently trying to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, which will be played in Qatar at the end of the year. Jamaica play Mexico, Panama and Costa Rica in the next ten days as they look to keep their dreams alive.
London-born Ethan qualifies for Jamaica through his father, who was born there, and also has international recognition at England C level, the team that represents the country at non-league level. He made his debut in a friendly international against United States of America last year. He then made his competitive debut in a defeat to Panama earlier in the qualification process.
There are eight teams from CONCACAF, the ruling body for football in North America, Central American and the Caribbean, still in the running for World Cup qualification. Each plays 14 games in a round robin and the top three are guaranteed qualification. Jamaica have seven points from their first eight games but still have their fate in their own hands. Their upcoming matches are all against the sides just above them – Mexico at home on Thursday, 27 January, then Panama away on Sunday, 30 January, before Costa Rica at home next Wednesday, 2 February.
Ethan will be looking to add to his two caps so far. He also played for England C while with Dulwich Hamlet, where he spent six years before progressing through the leagues with Forest Green Rovers, Barnsley and now Brentford to reach the Premier League. He has played 113 games for The Bees, scoring five times.