Sat, Aug

DUNDEE UNITED striker Collin Samuel hopes to take a step closer to realising his World Cup dream when Trinidad and Tobago take on Iceland in a friendly in London tonight.

Having been left out for the successful play-off against Bahrain, Samuel is keen to impress coach Leo Beenhakker, if given the chance at Loftus Road.

His club manager, Craig Brewster, is backing the striker to play his way to Germany.

“This is a big time for all the Trinidad boys and they will be playing out of their skins in this game,” said the United boss.

“Sammy has certainly got the strength and pace that would be useful in the World Cup. But he needs to shown that every Saturday, not just in flashes.

“If he does get there it will be great for him and the club.

“It is a tremendous achievement for a country like Trinidad and Tobago to get to the finals and I wish Sammy and them well.”

Meanwhile, defender Charlie Mulgrew, who is on loan from Celtic, went through an operation on his knee last night.

The young full-back was injured during the game against Inverness Caley Thistle 10 days ago and the surgery was required to repair a tear in the joint.