Belgium-based defender Sheldon Bateau has earned his first call up to the Trinidad and Tobago senior football team for the February 6 friendly international against Peru at Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva.
Bateau will join the squad, which assembles for training on Sunday and includes Stoke City striker Kenwyne Jones, Ipswich Town midfielder Carlos Edwards, Racing Genk midfielder Khaleem Hyland and Thailand-based defender Seon Power. Iran-based defender Jlloyd Samuel is not available for the match, and US-based Nick De Leon declined as he is hoping for a call up to the US team.
Just two weeks ago Bateau agreed to a new two-year deal with Belgian Premier Division club KV Mechelen.†"It's always an honour to play for your national team. I've not made my senior debut as yet, but it's something I'm looking forward to. Now I have secured my contract in Belgium, so I can focus fully on my football," Bateau told T&T Football Federation media.
T&T co-head coach Hutson Charles is eagerly awaiting next Wednesday's contest against the South Americans. "It's a very important game for us even though it's a friendly," Charles said.
†"This is the kind of match that will definitely serve us well in our preparations for the CONCACAF Gold Cup...Peru is a pretty decent outfit and they have some high quality players in the line up. This is going to be a good test for our boys."