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O’s McAnuff aims to down world’s best

PUBLISHED: 15:00 10 June 2015

Orient's Jobi McAnuff in action during the final match of the season at Brisbane Road against Sheffield United (pic: Simon O'Connor).

Orient's Jobi McAnuff in action during the final match of the season at Brisbane Road against Sheffield United (pic: Simon O'Connor).

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Orient ace off to Copa America before potentially competing in Gold Cup

Jobi McAnuff looks set to return to pre-season training later than the rest of his Leyton Orient team-mates under new head coach Ian Hendon after getting a call-up to the Jamaica squad for the Copa America tournament in Chile.

The 33-year-old has been selected in The Reggae Boyz 23-man squad by manager Winfried Schafer.

Jamaica are taking part in the competition for the first time in their history and McAnuff will be hoping to help his country impress, although they are in an extremely tough Group B alongside Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay.

The tournament starts tomorrow (Thursday) with the Orient player expected to be involved in his country’s first clash on Saturday against Uruguay.

Jamaica will then do battle with Paraguay next Tuesday (June 16) before concluding their group campaign against South American heavyweights and 2014 World Cup runners-up Argentina on June 20.

Orient’s players are expected to report for pre-season on June 29 under Hendon and it is believed that McAnuff will be allowed some extra time off to recover following his Copa America experience, regardless of whether Jamaica progress to the knock-out stages.

It turns out he might miss even more of pre-season if he is called up to the Jamaica squad for the Gold Cup, which starts on July 7 and ends on July 26 and involving 12 teams from CONCACAF.

The midfielder agreed a two-year deal at the Brisbane Road club last summer and made 25 starts in League One, but failed to prevent Orient suffering relegation. When McAnuff returns from his international duty, he will look to inspire success under Hendon.


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