Rundell Winchester summoned by Hart for New Zealand friendly

Jones, Cyrus not among a 22-man

Trinidad and Tobago vs Saudi Arabia during the OSN CupNineteen year-old Central FC striker Rundell Winchester has been selected in a 22-man Trinidad and Tobago squad for the upcoming friendly international against New Zealand on Tuesday 15 October from 7:15pm at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.

Meanwhile DIRECTV W Connection duo of Joevin Jones, 21, and Daneil Cyrus, 22, have been left out by T&T head coach Stephen Hart, who named the squad that included two new call-ups on Monday.

Jones and Cyrus were part of T&T’s impressive Concacaf Gold Cup squad in July but missed the OSN Cup in Saudi Arabia for various reasons. Jones was rested on the request of his club, while Cyrus missed two flights out of Tobago.

Last month both players were suspended by Connection for participating in minor league football and fined a month's salary.

And last week both players failed to make the Connection starting lineup against Central FC in the semi-final round of the 2013 First Citizens Cup after showing up late for a training session the day before. Instead Jones was used off the bench and Cyrus listed as an unused substitute in their team's 3-2 penalty loss following a goalless draw against a 10-man Central.

Hart, during a press conference last week, labeled both Jones and Cyrus as irresponsible and wants both players to show more enthusiasm for the national shirt.

Winchester, meanwhile is a versatile Tobagonian forward and he gets his first ever national call-up in all levels.

Also earning his first senior team call-up is former San Juan Jabloteh youth player Cordell Cato, a  21 year-old midfielder who presently represents Major League Soccer club San Jose Earthquakes, while midfielder Hughton Hector on the off-season from Vietnam league club Song  Lam Nghe, has been recalled to the T&T squad.

"I think Cato, Winchester and Hector can all bring something different offensively and it will be interesting to work into the training and see exactly how they fit in," said Hart.

"They are three different type of players so it’s a matter of how quickly they could develop the relationship with the midfield and other attackers, and to see how they carry themselves off the field and in game situations."

The squad will be captained by Stoke City forward Kenwyne Jones, also includes other foreign based players; Racing Genk midfielder, Khaleem Hyland, Middlesbrough defender, Justin Hoyte, Slovan Bratislava winger, Lester Peltier, Orlando City midfielder Kevin Molino, Vancouver Whitecaps defender, Carlyle Mitchell, Notts County midfielder, Andre Boucaud, RoPs midfielder Ataulla Guerra, unattached Willis Plaza, Columbus Crew midfielder Kevan George and Kazakhastan based defender Radanfah Abu Bakr.
Goalkeepers are Central FC’s Jan Michael Williams and Point Fortin Civic’s Marvin Phillips. Caledonia AIA midfielder Densill Theobald and defender Aubrey David joins Point Fortin Civic midfielder Marcus Joseph, Defence Force's Curtis Gonzales and W Connection defender Mekeil Williams.

“The objective of the squad is to continue with experimentation but of course you always have to have a balanced squad,” said Hart, who will have his first session on Wednesday at the Larry Gomes Stadium.

The former Canada Senior Team coach added, “Playing at home is an exciting prospect for all the players. A number of them have recounted to me when last they played at home so you can feel that sense of excitement. And it’s a chance to play against New Zealand who are in very strong preparations and all things being said it’s a good opportunity for us.”

T&T Squad for New Zealand friendly

Jan Michael Williams (Central FC / T&T)
Marvin Phillips (Point Fortin Civic / T&T)
Carlyle Mitchell (Vancouver Whitecaps / USA)
Justin Hoyte (Middlesbrough / England)
Aubrey David (Caledonia AIA / T&T)
Curtis Gonzales (Defence Force / T&T)
Sheldon Bateau ( KV Mechelen / Belgium)
Mekeil Williams (W Connection / T&T)
Radanfah Abu Bakr (FC Voztok /Kazakhastan)
Kevan George (Columbus Crew / USA)
Densill Theobald (Caledonia AIA / T&T)
Hughtun Hector (Song Lam Nghe / Vietnam)
Khaleem Hyland (Racing Genk / Belgium)
Kevin Molino (Orlando City / USA)
Andre Boucaud (Notts County / England)
Marcus Joseph (Point Fortin Civic / T&T)
Lester Peltier (Slovan Bratislava / Slovakia)
Ataulla Guerra (Rovaniemen Palloseura / Finland)
Cordell Cato ( San Jose Earthquakes / USA)
Willis Plaza (unattached)
Rundell Winchester (Central FC / T&T)
Kenwyne Jones (Stoke City / England)