John Bostock (pictured) was declared eligible to play for Trinidad & Tobago on November 11, 2016. (Photo courtesy of RC Lens)
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad & Tobago -- The Trinidad & Tobago Football Association announced Monday that it has received official clearance from FIFA for John Bostock to represent the country in international competition.
The 24-year-old midfielder, who competed for England at the youth level, is eligible to play for the Soca Warriors’ against visiting Costa Rica on Friday to open the final round of CONCACAF qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
“It’s good news for us,” said T&T head coach Stephen Hart. “Obviously it’s been a long time for this to come through going back to March and I would like to thank the FA for taking all the necessary steps and seeing it through to the end.”
Bostock has been enjoying an outstanding season with Lens, scoring five goals in 14 league games since signing a two-year contract with the French second-division side in July. He has played for numerous clubs, including Crystal Palace, Tottenham Hotspur, Hull City and Sheffield Wednesday in England, as well as Canada’s Toronto FC and Belgian sides Royal Antwerp and OH Leuven.