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Hector hoping to do his Jamaican roots proud

10 June 2015

Centre-back enjoying build up to his international bow

Royals defender Michael Hector is preparing to make his international debut for Jamaica out in Chile as the Reggae Boyz open their campaign against Uruguay on Saturday.

And he is loving international life out in South America as part of the Jamaican squad for the first time. "Jamaica has been part of my family," he said.

"Since I was young I was in a Jamaica shirt and I've always wanted to do my family proud. I knew playing for Jamaica would be big, especfially on my dad's side of the family.

"My family are originally from Kingston in Jamaica, but they've all moved over to London and are living there now. So as soon as I got the call from Jamaica, it was a no-brainer for me."

Jamaica are very much the underdogs in a group that will see Hector come up against the likes of Lionel Messi, Edinson Cavani, Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain - but he is confident that the Reggae Boyz can cause their high profile opponents some problems.

"It means the world to be here, playing in the Copa America - a very well known tournament. It's massive.

"And as you can see by the squads that each of the teams have brought here, they are filled with superstars. So it'll be so good to play a part in it.

"And it's football, anything can happen on the day. The team we have here is strong, full of good players. The coach has a good tactical approach and good views on the game, so there's no reason why we can't surprise a few teams.

"We come here as underdogs, but upsets happen in every tournament. We're not looking to just make up the numbers, we're looking to play a part in this tournament and do well."

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