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Winchester says no pressure in Uruguay.

Playing at the Estadio Centenario in Montevideo against Uruguay can be a gruelling contest and a nerve wracking one for most teams. Just ask Australia, or any other national team that has had to travel to play 60,000 seater in a World Cup qualifier. Perhaps, T&T’s upcoming friendly on May 27 may not be too feisty but the hosts are expected to firing on all cylinders as they prepare for the Copa America Centenario.

It is listed by FIFA as one of the football world’s classic stadiums, along with the likes of the Maracanã, Wembley Stadium, the San Siro, the Estadio Azteca, and Santiago Bernabéu Stadium.  Uruguay has won 80 percent of its games at the stadium which was built for the hosting of the 1930 FIFA World Cup.

 The whole idea of what the contest could be like is more than welcomed by national team forward Shahdon Winchester who will once again get the chance to show his worth for the Soca Warriors. The W Connection man is not intimidated by the possible scenarios in either of the upcoming fixtures which also includes games versus Peru and China.

 “These are big games but we are not going to be intimidated by them. These are the kind of games we always look forward to. It will be a great honour for us to play there and against such a quality side,” he said.

“The next three games are very important. It is important for the locals to stamp their authority on the national team so they can be regular call ups and then you also never know who can be looking on at these games,” Winchester added.

“I know my role is very important and l have to lead by example not only by talking but with my actions on and off the field. The Pro league was very competitive coming to the end and there was a lot of hype so the players were very sharp coming into the national team and every player is looking to stake his claim,” he added.