Reading winger and Jamaica international Garath McCleary says he wants the world to sit up and take notice of what Jamaica can do at the Copa America this summer.
The former Nottingham Forest man joined Reading in 2012 after a stunning season in the Championship with Forest. He snubbed a new contract at the City Ground and signed for the then Premier League bound Royals in May 2012.
He has since gone on to be a fans’ favourite and made 87 appearances for the Madejski Stadium outfit, despite struggling with injuries last season. He played through a broken back toward the end of the 2013/14 season in order to help the Royals with their play-off push.
Jamaica are invited guests at the Copa America this year and are the first Caribbean club to compete in the competition’s history.
They were impressive despite a 1-0 defeat to Uruguay last weekend with McCleary doing his part in creating plenty of chances for his teammates, none of which were converted.
He told Get Reading: “Things are looking up for Jamaican football and hopefully we can continue to show exactly what we can do on a stage as big as the Copa America.
“If we go into the rest of our Copa América games and do what we do on the training field, anything’s possible.”
He’s not the only Royal out in Chile, as centre back Michael Hector is also playing for Jamaica. He was commended for an excellent performance against Uruguay by keeping Paris Saint-Germain striker Edison Cavani relatively quiet throughout the game.
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