Jamaica 'aiming to persuade England and Man United star Mason Greenwood to switch allegiances'

Jamaica's football team are reportedly preparing another sensational swoop in persuading England and Manchester United star Mason Greenwood to switch his international allegiance.

Sportsmail revealed the Caribbean island country's ambitious plans back in March to call up 15 English stars, including West Ham's Michail Antonio, who has since snubbed England in favour of choosing Jamaica, according to reports.

As reported by the Telegraph, Red Devils forward Greenwood is the next Premier League player Jamaica want to help them reach next year's Qatar World Cup, with Ravel Morrison, Andre Gray and Kemar Roofe also thought to be in their plans.

The 19-year-old United hotshot could well have been named in Gareth Southgate's senior England squad for Euro 2020 had he not been injured, and also missed the U21 Euros in March.

He has not played for his country since his senior debut against Iceland in a UEFA Nations League tie in September 2020, when he and Phil Foden were sent home for breaking Covid-19 rules by inviting girls back to the team hotel.

Although Gareth Southgate has shown willingness to rehabilitate Foden, Greenwood was forced to wait longer but seemingly fought his way back into contention after a hot streak of eight goals in 11 matches at the end of last season.

Greenwood qualifies for Jamaica via his parents and could make the switch despite that Iceland appearance, with a senior Jamaica Football Federation source stating they would welcome him.

Theodore Whitmore's side have pulled together an eye-catching side for the CONCACAF qualifiers for 2022, captained by Adrian Mariappa and including Bayer Leverkusen's Leon Bailey, plus Bobby Decordova-Reid and Liam Moore.

Max Aarons, Demarai Gray, Ivan Toney, Liam Moore, Isaac Hayden, Ethan Pinnock, Mason Holgate, Rolando Aarons, Curtis Tilt, Jamal Lowe, Amari'i Bell and Kasey Palmer were previously targeted as well.

JFF President Michael Ricketts confirmed that many of the players they want to call-up are in the process of acquiring a Jamaican passport, saying in March that despite delays due to the pandemic, he was 'hopeful' he would get them in reasonable time.

Jamaica's move for English players is reminiscent of their 1998 World Cup squad, which included seven stars from these shores, including Frank Sinclair, Robbie Earle and Marcus Gayle.

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