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Southampton striker Kenwyne Jones, Glasgow Rangers defender Marvin Andrews, Wrexham’s Carlos Edwards and Clayton Ince will arrive in the country on the weekend to join the National team for next Wednesday’s 2006 World Cup qualifier against the United States.


They are the remaining overseas-pros scheduled to come back in to while Portsmouth goalie Shaka Hislop arrived home on Thursday while Dwight Yorke comes in on Friday evening.

With the team being at full strength on the weekend, a third friendly against Haiti has been carded for Sunday at Shaw Park at 3:30pm.

The Federation's Special adviser, Jack Warner, has gotten the Haitians to agree to remain for a third match and has also chartered a plane to take them to Tobago at noon on Sunday, play at 3:30pm and return at 6:00pm to connect their flight to Haiti. Warner himself will be in Washington on Saturday to attend the American University ceremony at which David Nakhid will be inducted into their Hall of Fame, before returning on Sunday.

Warner was also very high in praise for the assistance of Tobago House of Assembly Chief Secretary, Orville London who made Shaw Park available for the match at very short notice and he will meet both teams before kickoff.

With the full squad of players at his disposal now, T&T coach Bertille St Clair is hoping the next few days will allow him to fine tune the team ahead of Wednesday’s game.

“It’s definitely an important period for us going into Wednesday’s game,” St Clair told TTFF Media.

“We have been coming along over the past few weeks but there is very little we could do to avoid some of the players joining the team some days before the match because we have to abide by the FIFA ruling. But I think having everyone around now will serve us right and we should be able to get in some good work over the next few days.

He also commented on the return of Yorke, saying “All along I have said that having Dwight in the team will be a plus and now that he is coming it’s a chance for him to make a worthwhile contribution again because I believe he has a lot to offer us. We welcome in back into the team and look forward to having him wearing the national shirt again.”

Team manager Richard Braithwaite also voiced his opinion on Yorke reintroduction into the fray.

“The coach has consistently said that the door is open to any player who is willing to commit himself to the national team. That was his policy from the start and he has not changed his policy. The door remains open to any player once he indicates to the coach that he wants to play for his country and he is committed to the team and its principles,” Braithwaite said.

“Over the past year many players have had the opportunity to demonstrate both their ability and their level of discipline but know the coach has to decide who are the players to do the job in this first game. There are at least nine more games stretching over the next 10 months and players with the talent and experience of Dwight Yorke will always be a plus in such a long, arduous campaign".