Soca Warriors target Hoyte
By Tom Adams. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Trinidad & Tobago are hoping to recruit Arsenal full back Justin Hoyte in time for the World Cup in Germany.
The Caribbean nation have qualified for their first ever finals, and have responded to the challenge of facing England, Sweden and Paraguay in Group B by actively recruiting new members for their squad.
The Premiership has already yielded Fulham goalkeeper Tony Warner, although Soca Warriors boss Leo Beenhakker is worried his pursuit of Hoyte will go the same way as that of both Bobby Zamora and Jlloyd Samuel.
Both players have only represented England at youth level, although new Fifa regulations stipulate that a player must switch national allegiance before they turn 21.
The problematic situation is also the same for Hoyte, who has spent the season on loan at Sunderland, but Beenhakker has not given up hope of adding the trio to his plans.
"I want to have a good overview of all available players just to make the right decisions at the moment to make the final choice of the 23 players who will represent T&T in Germany," said Beenhakker.
"The door is not closed and in that way I am also still hopeful that guys like Jlloyd Samuel, Bobby Zamora and possibly Justin Hoyte will be available.
"As you know they were already involved in England teams and Fifa regulations don't permit them for the moment to play for T&T."