Reading winger Garath McCleary says he was ‘full of pride’ when he was told that he was in Jamaica’s Copa America squad.
He’s not the only Royal to be named in Winfried Schafer’s squad as Michael Hector received his Jamaican passport a few weeks a go. The centre back was rewarded by the Royals for his good form by penning a new three-year contract.
McCleary had a fairly average season in the Sky Bet Championship this year after a very good season the year before, with his highlight having scored the equalising goal against Arsenal at Wembley in the FA Cup semi final, a volleyed goal from a Pogrebnyak chip.
The 28-year-old told Get Reading: “When he (Schafer) told us we were going to be picked to play in the Copa América I felt so much pride.
“Especially considering that is the first time that any Caribbean nation will be competing in the tournament.
“I think it’s going to be really tough, but it’s a really great opportunity to pit our wits against some of the best teams in the world.”
Jamaica are the first Caribbean club to ever play in the competition. They’re invited guests at the competition and it’ll see McCleary and Hector go toe to toe with some of the best in the world, including Argentina’s Lionel Messi.