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Stern John and his Trinidad and Tobago teammates will be sparing a moment’s thought for deceased former teammate Mickey Trotman this Sunday.


The date, October 3 will mark three years since the National striker lost his life in a car vehicular accident, the week of T&T’s 2002 World Cup qualifier against Haiti in which the “Soca Warriors” upset Honduras at home, crashing their World Cup hopes on a goal by John.

John will be at the Coventry Highfield Stadium this Sunday as his club takes on Ipswich Town and the former Birmingham City man wants to “score one for Mickey.”

Also in action on Saturday will be another of Trotman’s close mates, defender Brent Sancho whose Dundee tackles Aberdeen while Shaka Hislop’s Portsmouth faces Norwich City in the English Premiership. All three players will link up with the rest of the T&T team next week for the upcoming 2006 World Cup qualifier against St Kitts/Nevis at the Manny Ramjohn Stadium, Marabella on October 10 from 3:30pm.

“Three years already and it seems like just the other day Mickey was playing with us,” John told TTFF Media from his Birmingham home on Friday. “We still remember him and I’m pretty sure he would have been with us, maybe flying in on the weekend too to join the team for preparations ahead of the next qualifier. He would have been really excited too, making a lot of phone calls to the guys and getting himself ready. “Definitely I’d like to score one for him on Sunday and hopefully the left foot is working good come the match. Hopefully too the fans can come out to the qualifier next weekend and we can pull off another win for Mickey and the entire country. When Mickey died we got the win against Honduras but it had no impact on our chances but this time around we actually have a chance to go on and qualify for the World Cup. There's a lot more to look forward to and I am really hoping we can pull it off,” John added.