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Hector and McCleary gearing up for Messi and Argentina

13 May 2015

Duo both included in Jamaica's Copa America squad

Michael Hector and Garath McCleary could line up against Barcelona's Lionel Messi this summer after both were named in the Jamaica squad for the Copa America in Chile.

After receiving international clearance, it is a first call up for Hector, who is eligible to represent the Reggae Boyz through his family.

McCleary, meanwhile, has nine caps to his name and played 90 minutes in a 2-1 friendly win against Venezuela during the last international break in March.

Jamaica were invited to take part in this summer’s tournament and, in doing so, will become the first Caribbean nation to compete in the Copa America.

The Reggae Boyz have been drawn against Paraguay, Uruguay and Argentina in Group B, meaning that the Royals duo could come face to face with the likes of Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and Javier Mascherano.

Group A sees hosts Chile come up against Mexico, Ecuador and Bolivia, while in Group C Brazil will take on Colombia, Peru and Venezuela.

The showpiece, which will be hosted across eight Chilean cities, runs from June 11th until July 4th. Jamaica recently won the CFU Caribbean Cup in Montego Bay, where they overcame Trinidad and Tobago 4-3 on penalties.

After the conclusion of the Copa America, Jamaica will then take part in the CONCAF Gold Cup. Hosted in the United States of America and Canada, Hector and McCleary will come up against Costa Rica, El Salvador and hosts Canada in Group B.

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