Neveal Hackshaw, Levi Garcia, Jamille Boatswain among 24-man T&T squad to face Grenada and Guyana in Couva

Photo: Jamille Boatswain, left, celebrates a goal with Hashim Arcia while representing Defence Force during the 2016/17 Pro League season.

Trinidad and Tobago Men’s Senior Team will officially kick off FIFA World Cup 2022 preparations with back-to-back international friendlies against Caribbean rivals Grenada and Guyana on Nov. 11 and 14, respectively, at the Home of Football – Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva.

The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA), calling on the public to rally behind the national team’s efforts towards Qatar 2022 from the beginning of the campaign, has priced entry fee on two-for-one specials for the Grenada and Guyana friendlies.

Entry costs TT$100 (covered) and TT$50 (uncovered), but buy your ticket for the Grenada game and you automatically have entry for the Guyana game. Tickets will go on sale from Monday 6 Nov. at all NLCB outlets and children under 12 will be admitted free of charge.

“These games represent the start of a process envisioned by coach Lawrence -- supported by the TTFA -- and we want fans to be there from the beginning,” said TTFA president David John Williams, whose local governing body hopes to utilise all international windows to provide competition for the national team.

“Our mission begins with the Caribbean and we will take it step by step from there,” said head coach Dennis Lawrence, who announced a 24-man roster for the upcoming Grenada and Guyana internationals friendlies which kicks off from 6pm and 7:30pm, respectively.

Minnesota United star Kevin Molino, Kazakhstan-based defender Sheldon Bateau, who has been enjoying life at FC Kairat this season, and Costa Rica-based forward Jamille Boatswain are among 11 overseas-based pros to combine with local-based players for the friendlies.

“Obviously we want to continue where we left off versus Mexico and the United States and end the year on a good note as we look ahead to the future,” added Lawrence who will resume national team training on Nov. 6 for the first time since the Soca Warriors’ historic 2-1 World Cup qualifying win over the United States in Couva on October 10.

Khaleem Highland, who captained T&T in the last two games, has been excused due to club commitments in Saudi Arabia with Al-Faisaly FC.

Full Trinidad and Tobago 24-man squad to face Grenada and Guyana

Goalkeepers: Adrian Foncette (Police FC / T&T), Gregory Ranjitsingh (Louisville City / USA) and Glenroy Samuel (Morvant Caledonia United / T&T);

Defenders: Sheldon Bateau (FC Kairat / Kazakhstan), Aubrey David (Kemi / Finland), Kevan George (Jacksonville Armada FC / USA), Curtis Gonzales (Defence Force / T&T), Triston Hodge (W Connection / T&T), Alvin Jones (W Connection / T&T), Kathon St. Hillaire (MIC-IT St. Ann’s Rangers / T&T), Josiah Trimmingham (Club Sando / T&T), Kevon Villaroel (North East Stars / T&T) and Mikeil Williams (Colorado Rapids / USA);

Midfielders: Neil Benjamin Jr (W Connection / T&T), Nathaniel Garcia (Point Fortin Civic / T&T), Hashim Arcia (Defence Force / T&T), Nathan Lewis (San Juan Jabloteh / T&T), Jared London (Club Sando / T&T), Kevin Molino (Minnesota United / USA) and Neveal Hackshaw (Charleston Battery / USA);

Forwards: Jamille Boatswain (Alajuelense / Costa Rica), Levi Garcia (AZ Alkmaar / Holland), Akeem Roach (CD Vida / Honduras) and Shahdon Winchester (Murcielagos / Mexico).