Trinidad and Tobago head coach Stephen Hart has added midfielder Carlos Edwards to his roster for the upcoming friendly internationals against Argentina and Iran.
Edwards, currently in London after signing a new one-year contract with Championship Division club Millwall, will arrive in Port of Spain on Friday and will join the T&T squad in camp at the Radisson Trinidad hotel.
Hart commenced a training session on Tuesday with the available players at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.
Still to join the camp are Carlyle Mitchell, European-based players Radanfah Abu Bakr, Khaleem Hyland and Lester Peltier while W Connection’s Joevin Jones has a cup final with this club on Friday.
Orlando City midfielder Kevin Molino, fresh from a hattrick in his team’s 3-1 win over Charlotte Eagles in the USL earlier this week, will join the team in Buenos Aires
Edwards, one of the surviving members of the 2006 World Cup squad alongside captain Kenwyne Jones and Densill Theobald, said he had reason to smile after receiving the news of the invitation from Hart to join the squad.
“I’m always delighted when the call comes to play for Trinidad and Tobago. I’m one of the older guys around now but I’ve looked after myself and I’m still able to make a contribution at a good level in England so why not give it my best for country as well,” Edwards told TTFA Media.
“I’m 35 now but I think I can still bring something to the table and make a contribution to the current squad. The games against Argentina and Iran are on a massive scale when it comes to international football.
A lot of eyes will be on the game and I think we’ve got to be ready for the challenge and there are a lot of different factors involved here both on and off the field of play.
I’m really looking forward to these two games and again, more than delighted to be part of the squad,” added the former Defence Force and Sunderland player. Iran, another one T&T’s opponents for June 8 in Sao Paolo, drew 0-0 with Belarus in a friendly match held in Austria on Sunday.
The match was held in Kapfenberg, Austria, where the Iranian football team is holding a training camp.
Carlos Queiroz’s men will face Montenegro on May 26 and Angola on May 30 respectively in Hartberg.
Iran has already played four friendlies with South African clubs Moroka Swallows, Orlando Pirates, Mamelodi Sundowns, and Mpumalanga Black Aces in its camp in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Iran has been drawn in Group F along with Nigeria, Argentina and Bosnia and Herzegovina.