Blackpool midfielder Kevin Stewart left out of Jamaican squad for final World Cup qualifiers

Kevin Stewart has been left out of the Jamaican squad for their final three World Cup qualifiers.

Tuesday, 22nd March 2022, 9:00 am

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The Reggae Boyz finish their campaign this month with a triple header of games against El Salvador, Canada and Honduras.

Jamaica are unable to qualify though, so it appears head coach Paul Hall has left a number of his European-based players at home.

The news will be welcomed by Blackpool fans, who have been impressed by the 28-year-old’s sterling displays since his return from injury at the turn of 2022.

A break and a period of recovery should do the former Liverpool midfielder the world of good ahead of a hectic April schedule, which includes eight games.

Neil Critchley’s side return to action after the international break on Saturday, April 2 against play-off hopefuls Nottingham Forest.

Kevin Stewart has been in inspired form since returning from injury

It means the only two Blackpool players to receive call-ups to their senior sides are Kenny Dougall (Australia) and Shayne Lavery (Northern Ireland).

Australia face Japan on Thursday in the first of two crunch qualifiers, before taking on group leaders Saudi Arabia next Tuesday.

Realistically, the Socceroos require two wins from their final two games to secure automatic qualification.

Should Graham Arnold’s side finish third, which is their current position, they will face a play-off to make this year’s winter tournament in Qatar.

Rob Apter, meanwhile, has been drafted to Scotland’s Under-19 squad once again having impressed on loan in the National League North with Chester.

Scotland face Turkey and Hungary away from home before hosting Israel.