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Rougier gets the axet

 
 
 
 
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Coach Leo Beenhakker names final squad for World CupANTHONY ROUGIER has been dropped from the T&T World Cup squad of 24 players who will leave tomorrow for England for a one-week training camp while German-based Evans Wise has been drafted in for cover for injured US-based striker striker Cornell Glen.

As indicated last month when he announced the squad, coach Leo Beenhakker released one player to make it a 23-man squad for the finals which will take place in Germany from June 9 to July 9 and following Wednesday’s 1-1 draw with Peru at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, the lone player to be left out was experienced utility player Rougier of local club United Petrotrin.

Beenhakker had invited Rougier back into the national team for a training camp in Fort Lauderdale in January and subsequently named him on the 24-man squad ahead of the Peru match.

The 63-year-old former Holland and Saudi Arabia coach said Rougier did everything to make it into the final team. “He showed me he is a great professional and a great guy, but he was not enough in terms of the conditions to make the team,” Beenhakker said.

With the squad at 23 players inclusive of the injured Glen, Beenhakker has also invited Wise to join the team in Manchester up until the end of the training camps in Austria as well in the event that Glen does not recover from his hamstring injury.

“We have the 23 players now but we also have the Cornell Glen situation. On one side I promised him that he can take his time to recover but obviously with the team preparation in mind.

“I don’t want to put pressure by giving him a deadline. He will miss a big part of team’s preparation but he will work every-day with physiotherapist and I will give him a fair chance.

“At the same time I had a very long conversation with Evans Wise and he will come over to England to be involved in the team preparations until the end of the camp in Austria.

“I told him very clearly that it’s a 50-50 situation because if Cornell is fit then I have to send him (Wise) home and then if Cornell is not fit then I have the bad job to release him from the squad,” Beenhakker explained.

The Dutch-man stressed that he did not enjoy the part of having to make the latest decision before the team departs for Manchester on Saturday but he had no choice in the matter.

“This is always the weird part of my profession because you have to make decisions like these just by your head but you are also human and it’s not easy to send a guy home like Anthony who I know has worked hard for the past two weeks. You also have an emotional relationship with your players but that’s part of the job,” Beenhakker added.

“I will prepare Wise the same as the other guys. Normally you don’t make six changes in a match like last night (versus Peru) but as I said before, I don’t only have to prepare eleven guys but instead the entire squad because if one player gets injured before we play Sweden then the other has to step in.”

Beenhakker will be ensuring that the entire squad is in top shape for the matches World Cup Group B matches against Sweden (June 10), England (June 15) and Paraguay (June 20) in Germany.

Following the one week camp in England, the Soca Warriors will play Wales on May 27 in another frienddly international followed by war-up matches against Slovenia on May 31 and the Czech Republic on June 3.

T&T World Cup squad

Kelvin Jack (Dundee), Shaka Hislop (West Ham United), Clayton Ince (Coventry City)

Dennis Lawrence (Wrexham) Cyd Gray (CL Financial San Juan Jabloteh), Marvin Andrews (Glasgow Rangers), Brent Sancho (Gillingham), Ian Cox (Gillingham), Atiba Charles (W Connection), Avery John (New England Revolution), Silvio Spann (unattached), Chris Birchall (Port Vale), Aurtis Whitley (CL Financial San Juan Jabloteh), Evans Wise (Waldhof Mannheim), Anthony Wolfe (Jabloteh), Densill Theobald (Falkirk), Carlos Edwards (Luton Town), Dwight Yorke (Sydney FC), Russell Latapy (Falkirk), Stern John (Coventry City), Kenwyne Jones (Southampton FC), Collin Samuel (Dundee United), Jason Scotland (St Johnstone), Cornell Glen (LA Galaxy).

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