REGGAE Boyz invitee Marcus Bean went through his paces yesterday under the watchful eyes of Technical Director Walter Gama, head coach Theodore Whitmore and assistant Alfredo Montesso as the Jamaica senior football team continued its preparation for next Tuesday’s away friendly versus Honduras.
The midfielder, who plies his trade at London-based Brentford in the English League One, arrived in the island late on Thursday and is one of three British-born players invited for this international engagement. The other two are Marvin Elliott and Nathan Smith.
Bean told the Observer he was pleased with his first training session as a Reggae Boy and lauded his teammates for their collective talent and camaraderie.
“The session was good and I’ve been impressed with the quality of the players and the boys seem to have gelled very well. There’s a great team spirit and those are main things that a quality team brings,” said the 27-year-old.
The team is scheduled to play a practice match against Premier League outfit Sporting Central Academy at the Brancourt playfield this morning, before departing early tomorrow for San Pedro Sula, Honduras via Miami.
Whitmore expressed optimism that having a wide pool of players to choose from will enhance the coaching staff’s ability to build a formidable unit heading into next year’s CONCACAF World Cup Qualification tournament.
“It is a comfortable thing to have a lot of options because we are trying to build a team for World Cup qualification starting next year. We have Elliott, Bean and Nathan Smith in training now and they will travel to Honduras. They are here to get acclimatised and to try to fit into the national setting,” Whitmore said.
Yesterday’s almost two-hour practice session saw the technical staff taking the players through various drills, including building attacks from throw-ins, ball possession, maintaining team shape and springing attacks down the right and left flanks.
Goalkeeper coach Joao Brigatti also put shot stoppers Dwayne Miller and Gariece McPherson through a variety of routines, mainly geared at testing their reflex, agility and stamina.
Said Whitmore: “I’m satisfied with the session. We have been working on a number of set-pieces for the game next Tuesday and we hope we can put some of them into practice in the scrimmage against Sporting Central tomorrow (today).”
Turkey-based striker Luton Shelton was absent from practice and is said to be nursing a minor injury.
The full squad: Damion Williams, Demar Phillips, Jason Morrison, Marvin Elliott, Nathan Smith, Dwayne Miller, Jermaine Taylor, JeVaughn Watson, Shavar Thomas, Luton Shelton, Rodolph Austin, Keammar Daley, Omar Cummings, Dane Richards, Marcus Bean, Richard Edwards, Wolry Wolfe, Xavian Virgo, Keneil Moodie, Gariece McPherson