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Disappointed with having to miss out on the last qualifying match against the United States, defender Sheldon Bateau sat in the VIP box at the EverBank Field moments after wishing his teammates the best on ground level before the kick off in Jacksonville on Tuesday. And he described how tough it was to be in that situation.

“It was something as a player you never want to experience but it all happens in the game and God knows best.

“I was able to wish the guys well but of course you want to be in the uniform and you want to be walking out with the rest of the team,” Bateau said.

“The result was not the best but I really do not think they (USA) were four goals better than us on the night.

If you look at the second half and see if one of our chances had gone in and if they didn’t get a fortunate first goal, the game may have gone different but this is how football goes.

“Now there is a lot to look forward to and lot to strive for. We have a fantastic opportunity to go to the World Cup.

“The first two games will be very important, obviously starting at home against Costa Rica and looking to grab all three points and then going away to Honduras and trying to get something positive.

I think all the players will be focusing their energies on being in the best form of their lives and being mentally ready for what is ahead of us,” Bateau said. T&T will have ten home and away matches which starts in November and ends in October 2017 on the road to Russia with the closing game being at home to the United States on October 10th.