Trinidad and Tobago Head Coach Dennis Lawrence has announced his 26-man roster for the upcoming 2018 World Cup Qualifiers against Panama and Mexico on March 24th and 28th at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain.
The squad includes thirteen home-based players and thirteen overseas-based players all heading to a residential camp on Monday.
He replaces opening batsman batsman Jeremy Solozano in the team.
Without a doubt, when you have experience like that you have to take things on board because they’ve been through it all.
He’s played in numerous World Cups and for the England national team for a long time as well as for top clubs in England.
Obviously for him (Lawrence) it’s going to be a work in progress and for us also.
It’s all about the team buying into his ideas and philosophies and being able to go out and put that on display when the games comes around.
It is my aim to extend this run of form against Guyana and continue to flourish with the bat.
Hopefully I can play an instrumental role in ensuring the Red Force post strong totals against the Jaguars which will increase our chances of getting a win.”The Spanish-speaking television network, was granted the right to broadcast T&T’s upcoming Russia 2018 World Cup qualifying matches against Panama and Mexico, after Judge Mira Dean-Armorer granted their injunction against the TTFA at the Port of Spain High Court today.
All the guys have come in fit and ready to go and we are looking forward to the game.
We will do our best to make the country proud and this is a turning point for us I believe,” Molino told TTFA Media on Tuesday.
In the end we put together a group that will give us the best possible chance of getting the result against Panama,” Lawrence told TTFA Media.“With assessing the overseas based players, one of the things that was important was finding out how much game time they’ve been getting at the moment and their physical condition because obviously the boys that play in the MLS, their season is only two games in.“We managed,by use of our contacts in the US, to speak to some of the personnel at the clubs and get physical data on the players which helped us a lot because we knew what physical condition they were in coming into our camp.
It all then came back down to what I want to do and what I think is best for the team and we made the selection based on that,” Lawrence added.“The players that worked with me locally had a head start on the players that were abroad because I had more contact time with them and I think a lot of them understand exactly what we are trying to do. I think in this case it’s going to be the other way around where the local players are going to be the ones leading and I am hoping the players that come from abroad can just come in and it will be easier for them to integrate with the local players and their knowledge of what has been happening in the preparations so far and it should help us to gel together for the game.”“The programme is going to be focused on integrating the group as quickly as possible, to try and get on track and see how quickly we can go and execute what we want to do on the 24th. We had three of them here this morning and I think it was important for them to do some physical work and get the fight out of the legs.
During the next couple of days in camp we are going to be doing sessions on the training pitch, sessions on the tactics board and doing match analysis on the opposition and ourselves with it being all geared up towards the game on Friday,” Lawrence stated.