Former Manchester United prodigy Ravel Morrison has accepted an invitation to play for the Jamaica national senior football team.
Reliable sources have confirmed to Sports At Your Fingertips that the English-born midfielder will be in the island this week but is not slated to take part in the upcoming friendly against Antigua & Barbuda on March 25.
He is set to meet members of the technical staff, as well as his future teammates as he completes the necessary paperwork to play in future games.
According to the source, Morrison, who is currently enjoying a career resurgence at Atlas Guadalajara in the Liga MX, accepted a recent invitation sent by the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) and is keen on representing the island.
Despite having represented England at the youth level, the 25 year old Morrison is still eligible to represent the Reggae Boyz through his Jamaican mother.
This could be a significant boost for the 49th ranked team in the world as a creative midfielder is one of the biggest areas of need in Theodore Whitmore’s quest to rebuild the Jamaican team.
This also comes at a good time with the qualification for CONCACAF’s new League of Nations tournament set to start in September, which will also double as the qualification for the 2019 Gold Cup.
Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand once described Morrison as the most talented young player he had ever seen. Ferdinand also stated in 2011 that former United manager “Sir Alex Ferguson thought he was the best player he had seen at that age (14)” when he first joined the United setup.
He was the clear standout in the club’s 2010/11 FA Youth Cup winning side including Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingaard, scoring two goals in the final. However, Morrison’s tremendous potential has been derailed by behavioral issues and legal troubles, which have seen him on a winding path since leaving the English giants.
He was sold to West Ham United in the winter window of 2012, but failed to make an impact there, going on loan to Birmingham, Queens Park Rangers and then Cardiff before signing a pre-contract agreement with Italian club Lazio in January 2015.
His former coach at West Ham, Sam Allardyce, recently stated that He officially joined the club during that summer window, despite training with them since February when his West Ham contract was terminated.
He spent a torrid time in the Italian capital (with a club director saying he “…has undoubted quality and is world class, as well as being a little mad”) before going out on loan (back to Cardiff) during the 2017 winter window.
After his return to Italy in the summer he was loaned to the Mexican side where he has finally seemed to settle.
In Mexico, he has made 19 appearances, with nine of those (and 1 goal) coming since the start of the year in the Clausura.
Although Atlas sits at the bottom of this winter league, Morrison’s seems to have found his feet getting more minutes than he did in the Apertura phase of the league from August to December.