Jamaica's Wes Morgan (yellow jersey) will play in the Copa America Centenario after captaining Leicester City to the 2015/16 English Premier League title. (Photo: Mexsport)
CHICAGO – Wes Morgan can’t take a vacation.
If he wants one, he’s not admitting to it and certainly hasn’t put in a request with the boss.
After all, Morgan is having too much fun as a footballer with current English Premier League champion Leicester City and Jamaica.
Since helping Leicester City pull through a relegation battle during the 2014/15 Premier League campaign, the 32-year-old defender has played in the 2015 Copa America and the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup, where the Reggae Boyz reached the final. Then, he appeared in every game of the Foxes’ remarkable run to the 2015/16 Premier League title.
Now, Morgan is in the United States for Jamaica’s participation in the Copa America Centenario.
The former Nottingham Forest standout can’t get a break…and that’s OK with him.
“I try to rest as best I can with the help of the coaches, staff and fitness coaches,” he said when asked how stays fit with such a hectic schedule. “We try and make sure I’m well rested and prepared for games.”
Under the circumstances, communication between all parties is key, especially with the amount of travel involved. For example, during a 16-day period in late March to early April, Morgan played games in London; Kingston, Jamaica; San Jose, Costa Rica and Leicester.
“It’s a combination of me speaking to them and giving them feedback, and they coming back and talking to me,” commented Morgan. “It’s all about preparing for the game and that’s the most important thing.”
Even on the heels of a long club season and the subsequent celebrations – of which Morgan notes that he’s still “riding the wave” -- the Leicester City captain is exceedingly enthusiastic about Jamaica’s participation in the Copa America’s 100th anniversary competition. The Caribbean champion opens play on Sunday at Soldier Field in Chicago.
“It’s fantastic,” Morgan finished. “You come to America and play in different cities. It’s hard not to get excited and revved up for the games. I’m looking forward to it and can’t wait for it to begin.”
A never-ending zest for football…that could just be the secret to Morgan’s success.