Israel-based winger Levi Garcia returns to the Trinidad and Tobago international fold to face Wales at the Racecourse Ground in Wrexham on 20 March while there were recalls for India-based forward Willis Plaza and central defenders Carlyle Mitchell and Mekeil Williams.
All three players are in a 22-man squad named by Men’s National Senior Team head coach Dennis Lawrence. The Soca Warriors leave on Sunday 17 March for the high profile friendly.
Wales are ranked 19th in the world by FIFA—74 places higher than Trinidad and Tobago—and have Real Madrid star Gareth Bale in their squad, which is coached by former Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs.
Lawrence does not have such talent at his disposal and, arguably, is without his two most gifted players in Minnesota United playmaker Kevin Molino, who missed much of 2018 with a torn ACL, and Darmstadt 98 winger Joevin Jones. The Warriors coach, an inductee in the Wrexham Hall of Fame, is due to discuss his squad at a press conference on Saturday morning and no explanation was offered yet on his selections or omissions.
Jones and Molino apart, Ataulla Guerra, Keston Julien and Jomal Williams all miss out from the squad that lost 1-0 to Iran last November. There were no summons either for versatile 20 year old Real Monarch full back Noah Powder and Orlando City goalkeeper Greg Ranjitsingh.
Lawrence retained much of his squad’s core with combative central midfielders Khaleem Hyland and Kevan George, defenders Daneil Cyrus and Sheldon Bateau and goalkeeper Marvin Phillip.
There was an intriguing call up for 26 year old Morvant Caledonia United flanker Ross Russell Jr, who can operate as a full back or winger on any flank.
Russell Jr, who is uncapped at senior international level, had more important things than football on his mind over the past three years, as he spent two years in jail for the murder of Selwyn Gaff before law enforcement finally verified his alibi and dropped charges on 20 August 2018.
Less than a year later, the former soldier could be sharing the field with a player who cost Real Madrid £85.3 million in 2013 and is the seventh most expensive footballer of all time.
Not that 90 minutes against Bale would compare unfavourably with 26 months in Golden Grove, for a young man anxious to make up for lost time.
(Trinidad and Tobago team)
Goalkeepers: Marvin Phillip, Nicklas Frenderup, Adrian Foncette;
Defenders: Alvin Jones, Aubrey David, Daneil Cyrus, Sheldon Bateau, Carlyle Mitchell, Mekeil Williams, Triston Hodge, Ross Russell Jr;
Midfielders: Kevan George, Leston Paul, Neveal Hackshaw, Akeem Humphrey, Khaleem Hyland, Duane Muckette;
Attackers: Cordell Cato, Nathan Lewis, Levi Garcia, Lester Peltier, Willis Plaza.
Goalkeepers: Wayne Hennessey (Crystal Palace), Danny Ward (Leicester), Adam Davies (Barnsley), Chris Maxwell (Charlton, on loan from Preston);
Defenders: Ashley Williams (Stoke, on loan from Everton), Chris Gunter (Reading), Neil Taylor (Aston Villa), Ben Davies (Tottenham), Connor Roberts (Swansea), James Lawrence (Anderlecht), Ethan Ampadu (Chelsea), Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers), Chris Mepham (Bournemouth), Paul Dummett (Newcastle), Declan John (Swansea);
Midfielders: Ryan Hedges (Barnsley), Joe Allen (Stoke), David Brooks (Bournemouth), Ben Woodburn (Liverpool), Harry Wilson (Derby, on loan from Liverpool), Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal), Matt Smith (FC Twente, on loan from Manchester City), Lee Evans (Wigan), Daniel James (Swansea), Will Vaulks (Rotherham), George Thomas (Scunthorpe, on loan from Leicester);
Forwards: Rabbi Matondo (Schalke), Sam Vokes (Stoke), Tom Lawrence (Derby), Gareth Bale (Real Madrid), Tyler Roberts (Leeds).