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Sunday, May 3, 1998 Published at 18:47 GMT 19:47 UK

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Coach Rene Simoes has brought in a number of English players to give the Reggae Boyz experience.

Deon Burton, an understudy at Derby, grew in confidence with goals in each of his first four World Cup qualifying matches and is certain to pair up with Portsmouth striker Paul Hall and Wimbledon's Marcus Gayle.

Simoes' allegiance to these three does not rule out Walter Boyd's selection, although the home-based player has already been kicked out of the squad twice for indiscipline. And Onandi Lowe, who has also come to blows with the coach, did himself no favours when he was sent off in the March friendly against Wales.

Midfielders Robbie Earle of Wimbledon and Fitzroy Simpson of Portsmouth have also made their mark alongside 34-year-old Peter Cargill and the highly-rated 25-year-old, Theodore Whitmore.

Earle was substitute for many of the qualifiers and will hope a broken toe sustained in April will not stop him from playing in France.

Chelsea's Frank Sinclair brought strength to the defence having made his debut in the Gold Cup against Brazil. He should line up with veteran sweeper Durrant Brown, a permanent fixture in the Jamaican defence for 11 years, and central defender Ian Goodison.

There should also be a place for the team's youngest player, 19-year-old Ricardo Gardner, whose skill has made him the first-choice left-back ahead of Gregory Messam. Steve Malcolm is expected to retain his place at right-back.

Veteran captain and goalkeeper Warren Barrett has Aaron Lawrence as an understudy.

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