Michael Ricketts – the President of the Jamaican Football Federation (JFF) – has confirmed that Isaac Hayden has been in contact in a bid to represent the ‘Reggae Boyz’.
With one of the midfielder’s parents being Jamaican, he is one of several Premier League players who is eligible for their mens national team – and it seems like he is now pursuing a passport change that will allow him to do exactly that.
Hayden was once tipped for an England call-up following his rise to form under Rafa Benitez and has represented the Three Lions at every level between U-16’s and U-21’s, however the fact he has never played for the senior side means he is able to switch alliances.
Here’s what JFF President Michael Ricketts has had to say on it all, confirming the Newcastle midfielder has been in touch as Jamaica look to build their squad ahead of qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup:
“He (Hayden) himself called the JFF to express his desire.
“He personally called.
“All of these we are in the process of acquiring their Jamaican passport.”
Should Jamaica manage to recruit the likes of Michail Antonio, ex-Mag Toney, Isaac Hayden, Mason Holgate, Demarai Gray and Nathan Redmond, they could suddenly have one of the strongest squads from the CONCACAF nations aiming to qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
One to watch over the coming months and an interesting move from our tough tackling midfielder.