Aston Villa in form player Leon Bailey heads a 23 man Jamaica National Senior Football team set to travel to Mexico City this week for a crucial Concacaf Nation’s League encounter against Mexico at the Azteca Stadium on Sunday.
Only five players from the squad that played in the two match friendly series against Trinidad and Tobago last week, have made it into the current squad.
Teenage sensation Dujuan Richards who received his first senior call up in the Trinidad games, has been overlooked for the Mexico trip.
Kemar Taxi Lawrence and Corey Burke are back in the fold while there is a first time call up for Johnathon Russell.
The team will be without regular goalkeeper and captain Andre Blake who is out to injury
Head coach Heimir Hallgrimsson, says playing against Mexico is going to demand a different mentality.
Both team have met on 30 previous occasions with Jamaica winning 5, losing 21, while 4 ended in draws.
The last time both teams met was the Concacaf Nations League which ended 1-1 in June 2022 at the National Stadium.
Jamaica’s last win against the Mexicans came in an international friendly in 2017.
Hallgrimsson says he’s familiar with the Mexicans style of play.
Jamaica leads Group A in League A of the Nation’s League with five points, one ahead of Mexico, however the Ticos have two games remaining while Jamaica has one.