Glen returns, call up for Darren Mitchell
Former 2006 World Cup team striker Cornell Glen has been recalled to the "Soca Warriors" squad for the two upcoming friendly internationals against Belize on March 22 and away to Peru on March 26.
The 18-man squad also includes newcomer Darren Mitchell of Pro League new boys Central FC, but Middlesbrough defender Justin Hoyte will not make the trip to T&T after the club requested he be excused, having only just recovered from a hip injury.
He is hopeful of joining the team for the warm-up internationals leading up to the CONCACAF Gold Cup following the friendly in Lima.
The other overseas-based players confirmed for the two fixtures are Port Vale midfielder Chris Birchall, Stoke City striker Kenwyne Jones, Edmonton FC's Carlyle Mitchell and Philadelphia Union's Keon Daniel.
Newly-signed Toronto FC player John Bostock is uncertain over his availability to join the T&T squad, having just joined the MLS club earlier this month, while Turkey-based striker Darryl Roberts is also not sure to play. European-based defender Sheldon Bateau is unavailable, and Robert Primus has been asked by his club to join the T&T team for only match. The T&T coaching staff opted to excuse him for the two encounters.
T&T co-head coach Jamaal Shabazz, commenting on the recall of Glen, said there is no problem with the striker's "ability".
"I think that the perceived problems with Cornell were just superficial. We've never had a problem with his ability and in discussions with him we have found that he is hyped and ready to conform and contribute, and we look forward to his return very eagerly.
"Similarly Keon Daniel says he is ready and the opportunity for him again to re-launch his international career is before him. How many times have we seen these ups and downs with several of our top players in the past and situations have worked out. This is just another one of them," Shabazz told TTFF media.
The team will be based at the Holiday Inn Express and will have its first training session on Monday at Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva. Belize, who are also preparing for the CONCACAF Gold Cup, arrive here next Wednesday.
Tickets for the match, priced at $100 for adults and free for kids under 16, go on sale this week at selected Sports & Games and Kenny's Sport Shop outlets as well as Ramsingh's Sportworld in Couva. Kick off time at Ato Boldon Stadium on March 22 is 7 p.m.
T&T Squad Marvin Phillip (Central FC) Cleon John (North East Stars) Daneil Cyrus (W Connection Aubrey David (Caledonia AIA) Carlyle Mitchell (Edmonton FC) Curtis Gonzales (Defence Force) Densill Theobald (Caledonia AIA) Keyon Edwards (Caledonia AIA) Chris Birchall (Port Vale) Joevin Jones (W Connection) Kevon Carter (Defence Force) Keon Daniel (Philadelphia Union) Marcus Joseph (Point Fortin Civic Centre) Ataullah Guerra (Caledonia AIA) Darren Mitchell (Central FC) Kenwyne Jones (Stoke City) Cornell Glen (North East Stars) Devorn Jorsling (Defence Force)