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    West Ham Forward Michail Antonio to Switch Allegiance from England to Jamaica

    Michail Antonio could accept an offer from Jamaica to take part in their 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign.

    The West Ham United forward was called up to England by both Gareth Southgate and Sam Allardyce but failed to earn a cap.

    Jamaica have moved to secure his international future and it is understood Antonio is set to accept their approach, report The Telegraph.

    The Reggae Boyz attempted to lure the 30-year-old to their squad in 2016 but he was determined to earn recognition from England.

    He has been in brilliant form for the Irons this term, with his six goals helping his team into the top four.

    That led the club to agree a long-term deal with striker, extending his stay in East London until 2023.

    Antonio faces a difficult task to enter Southgate plans as Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Danny Ings have both been called up ahead of him this season.

    Jamaica have two friendlies next month but Antonio is more likely to join up with the national team later in the year, should he accept.

    They have not reached the World Cup Finals since 1998 so will be hoping Antonio can give the squad a big boost.

    They currently have English-born Ravel Morrison and Bobby Decordova-Reid, who will provide Premier League experience.

    Antonio came close to representing England but injury ruled him out of matches against Germany and Lithuania in March 2017.

    He is entering the twiglight of his career and teaming up with Jamaica may be his only hope of playing in the World Cup.

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