The long-awaited Trinidad & Tobago debut of midfielder John Bostock (pictured) has been put on hold. (Photo courtesy of RC Lens)
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad & Tobago – Due to personal reason, John Bostock has withdrawn from the Trinidad & Tobago national team ahead of World Cup qualifiers against Costa Rica (November 11, home) and Honduras (November 15, away), the Trinidad & Tobago Football Association announced Tuesday.
The England-born midfielder was given clearance by FIFA only a day earlier to represent the Caribbean power, but informed head coach Stephen Hart that he regrettably could not travel to join the squad.
Bostock, who plays for Lens in the French second division, issued a statement signaling hopes of making his T&T debut soon.
“As many may know it has been a long process in receiving the clearance from FIFA,” Bostock told TTFA Media. “So understandably it is now with deep regret that due to personal reasons that I’m unable to disclose, I cannot play for Trinidad & Tobago at this stage.
“I wish Coach Stephen Hart and the boys all the best for the upcoming games. I will of course be following the matches closely and God willing I will be able to make my international bow in the not too distant future.”
Hart added: “I had a conversation with him where he was emotional in expressing his withdrawal due to a family situation which he did not want to disclose.
“We have 23-players in the squad and we will get on with the business of preparing for Friday’s match. The mood is good and upbeat after the first couple of sessions and everyone appears to be in a good physical and mental state of mind based on how things have looked on the training field so far and we’ll have everybody in by today and with that we’ll move ahead full steam with the preparations.”
Also on Monday, T&T added US-based midfielder Ataullah Guerra to the roster. The 28-year-old midfielder made 26 appearances for Charleston Battery during the 2016 USL season.