Anderson and Hector on Jamaica call-ups


Charlton midfielder Karoy Anderson has described his first call-up to the Jamaica senior squad as 'unbelievable'.

The academy graduate is currently enjoying his maiden international camp as Heimir Hallgrímsson's side prepare for CONCACAF Nations League ties against Grenada and Haiti.

Reflecting on his inaugural call-up, Anderson said: “It is something you cannot really describe. It is something I have always wanted to do and now I am here it is unbelievable.

“At first, I could not really believe it," he added. "I knew I was in the provisional squad but when I got the news that I was in [the final 23-man squad] I was just shocked. I was looking at it for a long time just taking it in and I told my mum and she started crying."

The 19-year-old is pleased to have a familiar face within the Jamaica squad in teammate Michael Hector, who has made 35 appearances for his country.

“It is good because when I made the step up [to the first team at Charlton], I knew he played for Jamaica and it was always something I wanted to do," explained Anderson. "He has a lot experiences within club football and he is a good person to look up to as well."

Hector is thrilled for Anderson, whose development he has seen firsthand at the club's Sparrows Lane training ground.

“I know how much it means to him to play for Jamaica and be a part of this squad," said the experienced defender. "Obviously I am delighted for him and his family - it is a proud moment for them that he is a part of the national team set-up at such a young age. Seeing him develop on and off the pitch as a man makes me happy and long may it continue."

On a personal note, the 31-year-old is pleased to have returned to his national squad for the first time in more than two years. 

“It is great to be back, obviously with some new faces and new staff," added Hector. "The core of the group is still the same from when I last played so it is good to be back. The boys did well in the Gold Cup and have started off this campaign really well. I am looking forward to being a part of it again."

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(Photo: Jamaica Football Federation)

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