Aberdeen defender Leigh hoping to force way into Jamaica World Cup plans

By Sports Desk November 26, 2020

Newly minted Jamaica international and Aberdeen defender, Greg Leigh, confesses he is eager to prove his worth, as the Reggae Boyz target a return to the FIFA World Cup for the first time in 22 years next summer.

Leigh made his debut for the national team against Saudi Arabia last week, taking part in both the 3-0 loss and the 2-1 win.  The 26-year-old made a decent impression at wing back and is already eager to be a part of future matches.

The matches were the first for the national team following a months-long break imposed by the coronavirus pandemic.  There is little time to ease their way in, however, as the Jamaicans will already have their eyes on a big 2021, which will include participation in the CONCACAF Gold Cup, but more importantlywill mark the start of the team’s World Cup qualification campaign.

 “We have World Cup qualifiers in June and then straight into the Gold Cup in July. In the World Cup group we have Costa Rica, Mexico, and the USA,” Leigh told The Press and Journal.

“There is another trip in March to Catalonia, so hopefully I can play well enough to stay in the plans,” he added.

“It would mean playing all through next summer, but that’s something you consider when you want to play international football.

“The prospect of playing in a World Cup is above everything else, it would be a massive thing. I want to commit to it and do everything I can to help us get there.”

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