McCleary thrilled to be in Jamaica mix
says he's enjoying his international endeavours with Jamaica ahead of their World Cup qualifiers this week.Garath McClearyRoyals winger
“It was something that came about through Mapps," Garath explained. "He spoke to someone at the Jamaican national squad and they came to watch me at a few games, I think the QPR game was one of them.
“And ever since then they’ve been in regular contact with me and it was definitely something that I was interested in and as soon as I heard about their interest in getting me involved.
“Of course there are two other players at Reading who are out here as part of the Jamaica squad too, which is great.
“As soon as I knew I was going to get the call up it was something that I wanted to do. I spoke to my family and they were more than happy for me go and I think they were quite proud as well.
All three Royals - McCleary, Jobi McAnuff and Adrian Mariappa - took part in a goalless draw against Mexico earlier this year and the Reggae Boyz go into crucial qualifiers against Panama and then Costa Rica full of confidence.
"It was brilliant and to get a point at the Azteca against Mexico - it was a fantastic achievement for the nation and for myself as well, so I was really happy with it.”
And although relatively new to the Jamaican international scene, McCleary and his Royals teammates are far from strangers out there.
"I have been told that every Reading game has been aired in Jamaica - so my family over there watch it, all the coaches, the doctor - everyone over there tells me that they watch the games.
“And I need to score a few more goals because they are giving me a bit of stick!
“But the Premier League is well aired everywhere around the world so the longer we can be part of that the better.”