posted on Oct, 8 2004 @ 06:59 AM
Jason Euell's hopes of playing for Jamaica appear to have been dashed by Fifa rules.
The Charlton striker has flown out to Kingston to join up with his adopted country for their World Cup qualifier against Panama but it seems the
27-year-old will not be able to play.
The midfielder represented England at Under-21 level in June 1997, but believed he also qualified for Jamaica, the country where his father was
However, Article 15 of the Fifa Regulations Governing the Application of the Statutes, which cover the eligibility to play for association teams, set
out that "a player may exercise this right to change associations only if he has not played at A international level for his current association and
if at the time of his first full or partial appearance in an international match in an official competition of any other category, he already had such
Because Euell had yet to take up Jamaican citizenship when he made an appearance for England Under-21s, Fifa maintains this makes him ineligible to
represent his paternal homeland.
Euell has become a popular figure at The Valley since arriving from Wimbledon for a then club record £4.75m in July 2001.
However, it now appears he will not get the chance to play alongside team-mates Kevin Lisbie and Jamal Campbell-Ryce in the Jamaican national side.