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Heeeere’s Johnny! FIFA gives Bostock green light to represent T&T against Costa Rica

He is Johnny English no more! FIFA today gave the green light for former England National Under-17 captain John Bostock to represent his father John Bostock Senior’s birthplace, Trinidad and Tobago.

And Bostock, after a seven month wait, can finally put on the red, white and black strip.

The deep-lying playmaker, who nows plays for RC Lens in the France Second Division, is expected to make his senior international debut on Friday 11 November when the Trinidad and Tobago National Senior Team host Costa Rica from 7pm in Russia 2018 World Cup qualifying action at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain.

Photo: Lens midfielder John Bostock (centre) is congratulated by his teammates.
Photo: Lens midfielder John Bostock (centre) is congratulated by his teammates.

The contest will be the Soca Warriors’ first appearance in the CONCACAF Hex since 2009.

National Senior Team coach Stephen Hart confirmed that Bostock, a former Crystal Palace and Tottenham Spurs midfielder, is now officially a Trinidad and Tobago player.

“I think it is a very positive thing for us,” said Hart. “We knew that there [would be] a ruling early in November and we were very hopeful because we had submitted everything.”

Bostock’s availability is likely to soften the blow of Kevin Molino’s absence, as the Orlando City midfielder was suspended by national coach Stephen Hart for the Costa Rica outing and the subsequent trip to Honduras on 15 November—after breaching team rules to party twice in a month.

A tall, elegant player with a fierce left foot shot from open play and set pieces, Bostock generally operates as a box to box midfielder. But Hart has suggested that he could also use him in Molino’s “Number 10” role alongside captain and forward Kenwyne Jones.

“I think it is a big addition because he can play two positions, in central midfield or further forward as the ‘t10’,” Hart told Wired868. “So that gives us flexibility. Plus, he is well known for his set plays. So we now have him and Joevin [Jones] for those.”

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago midfielder John Bostock (left) strikes the ball during national practice while team captain Kenwyne Jones look on at the Hasely Crawford Stadium on 21 March 2016. (Courtesy Nicholas Bhajan/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago midfielder John Bostock (left) strikes the ball during national practice while team captain Kenwyne Jones look on at the Hasely Crawford Stadium on 21 March 2016.
(Courtesy Nicholas Bhajan/Wired868)

The Warriors have gone off the boil of late with five losses in their last seven outings, which includes defeats against Guatemala and Martinique. Although, to be fair, they were never likely to succeed with a second string team against the likes of Peru, Uruguay and China.

Yet in 11 matches since November 2015, when David John-Williams was elected TTFA president, Trinidad and Tobago won just three matches—two against St Vincent and the Grenadines and one over the Dominican Republic—and failed to put away not just Martinique but Haiti and Grenada too.

In contrast, the Warriors lost once in regulation time prior to the local football election during a spell in which they defeated Guatemala (twice) and Cuba, drew with Mexico (twice) and held the United States goalless.

Bostock and returning goalkeeper Jan-Michael Williams will hope to set that right on Friday evening, in what is likely to be Trinidad and Tobago’s toughest home fixture of the Hex.

Costa Rica are ranked 18th in the world by FIFA while Trinidad and Tobago are 65th.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago National Senior Team coach Stephen Hart (centre) and players (from right) Mekeil Williams, Daneil Cyrus, Kenwyne Jones, Radanfah Abu Bakr and Sheldon Bateau at a national training session. (Courtesy Allan V Crane/CA Images)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago National Senior Team coach Stephen Hart (centre) and players (from right) Mekeil Williams, Daneil Cyrus, Kenwyne Jones, Radanfah Abu Bakr and Sheldon Bateau at a national training session.
(Courtesy Allan V Crane/CA Images)

(Trinidad and Tobago Team)

Goalkeepers: Jan-Michael Williams (Central FC), Marvin Phillip (Morvant Caledonia United), Adrian Foncette (Police);

Defenders: Aubrey David (FC Dallas—US), Daneil Cyrus (W Connection), Radanfah Abu Bakr (JK Silame Kalev—Estonia), Sheldon Bateau (KC Krylia Sovetov—Russia), Yohance Marshall (Murcielagos FC—Mexico), Jelani Peters (W Connection), Carlyle Mitchell (Seoul E Land—Korea Republic);

Midfielders: Andre Boucaud (Dagenham & Redbridge—England), Khaleem Hyland (KV Westerlo—Belgium), Neveal Hackshaw (Charleston Battery—USA), Kevan George (Jackson Armada FC—US);

Attacking Midfielders: Levi Garcia (AZ Alkmaar—Netherlands), Cordell Cato (San Jose Earthquakes—US), Joevin Jones (Seattle Sounders—US), Jomal Williams (Murcielagos FC—Mexico), Marcus Joseph (Central FC), John Bostock (RC Lens—France);

Forwards: Kenwyne Jones (Central FC), Trevin Caesar (Orange County Blues—US), Willis Plaza (San Juan Jabloteh).

Photo: Real Madrid and Costa Rica international goalkeeper Keylor Navas.
Photo: Real Madrid and Costa Rica international goalkeeper Keylor Navas.

(Costa Rica Team)

Goalkeepers: Keylor Navas (Real Madrid), Patrick Pemberton (Alajuelense), Esteban Alvarado (Trabzonspor);

Defenders: Johnny Acosta (Herediano), Kendall Waston (Vancouver Whitecaps), Michael Umana (Alajuelense) Francisco Calvo (Saprissa), Cristian Gamboa (Celtic) Ronald Matarrita (New York City FC), Bryan Oviedo (Everton), Jose Salvatierra (Alajuelense), Pablo Salazar (Herediano);

Midfielders: Randall Azofeifa (Herediano), Celso Borges (Deportivo La Coruna), Yeltsin Tejeda (Lausanne), David Guzman (Saprissa), Bryan Ruiz (Sporting Lisbon), Cristian Bolanos (Vancouver Whitecaps), Johan Venegas (Montreal Impact), Rodney Wallace (Recife);

Forwards: Joel Campbell (Sporting Lisbon), Ariel Rodríguez (Bangkok Glass), Marco Uren (Brondby).

About Lasana Liburd

Lasana Liburd
Lasana Liburd is the CEO and Editor at Wired868.com and a journalist with over 20 years experience at several Trinidad and Tobago and international publications including Play the Game, World Soccer, UK Guardian and the Trinidad Express.

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30 comments

  1. Let’s see Bostock take molino place now

  2. Yeah right! But who taking Kenwyn Jones place? Ah feel Hart like he have heart for Jones….

  3. Hope we get a scorcher or two from him Friday…

  4. Nice! Hope Molino a$$ is grass now

  5. Great news for T & T the team needed something positive hopefully this can motivate them and give us a victory

  6. He is also coming in at a critical time. John has enough experience and form. Also seeing that we will not have Kevin for the next few games his is a welcome addition.

  7. hope that left foot can find the Rastaman head.
    Welcome to The Circus buddy! #REP868

  8. Well deserved … he’s hung in there well …..go get em John!!

  9. boom ! this just raised the excitement for Friday to another level

  10. So happy to hear this news?? Just the kind of positive vibes we needed too.

  11. Well yes! A welcome ray of sunshine just in time for Costa Rica.

  12. 3 days to prepare. Let’s see if this affects our style an surprises Costa Rica

  13. John bostock came to trini because of his granny….now we are going to world cup like Birchall in germany

  14. Finally!!! We need a good performance from him.

  15. well that must be a world record…tnt style…welcome to tnt John Bostock.