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Monday, February 11, 2008
Harewood keeps Barbados plans on backburner
Aston Villa striker Marlon Harewood is to reject the chance to play World Cup
football for Barbados at this stage of his career.
Barbados coach Eyre Sealy has spotted that the 27-year-old striker was born on
the Caribbean island and was planning to call him up for the two-legged
qualifier with Dominica.
But Harewood is concentrating on his football in England with Villa although
he admitted he may consider playing for Barbados at a later date.
The former West Ham striker said: 'My whole family are Barbadian but playing
for Barbados hadn't really crossed my mind.
'Truthfully my dad used to say 'don't go back to Barbados because it's not as
good as playing for England.'
'Probably later on, maybe in another couple of years, I'll consider playing
for them but not at this moment.
'I followed Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago in the World Cups and I think
Barbados are trying to do something similar and get players like myself who are
Barbadian to play for them.'
The Barbadian FA have put a lot of energy into tracing first generation
Barbadians living and playing abroad and identified Harewood and Wigan's
28-year-old defender Emmerson Boyce, who was born in England but to Barbadian
Harewood has still to start a Barclays Premier League game for Villa since his
summer move from Upton Park but has made a big impression in recent games when
appearing as a substitute.
He will fly out with the rest of his Villa team-mates today for a short
Villa manager Martin O'Neill confirmed: 'We are going to go away for a few
days. We did it last year and got ourselves a bit together for a good end to the
season and hopefully it works again.
'Because we have been going into games with a small squad and are using a lot
of the same players every week, it will be a boost to them.
'We will do some training and work on a couple of things.'