Yorke makes national U-turn
Black Cats veteran wants one last World Cup bow
By Hayley Paterson. Last Updated: July 12, 2008 11:05am
Dwight Yorke has come out of international retirement in a bid to inspire Trinidad and Tobago to reach the World Cup finals.
The 36-year-old Sunderland midfielder, who agreed a new one-year contract with the Black Cats earlier this month, is among six players added to the Soca Warriors squad for next month's qualifying match with Cuba.
The former national team captain requested a meeting with Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation and FIFA vice president Jack Warner on Monday, where he made himself available as the Soca Warriors seek to qualify for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
"I had a meeting with Dwight on Monday at his request," Warner said.
"Dwight offered to play for the national team. The coach (Francisco Maturana) was happy to hear about Dwight's availability."
Yorke, who has had spells at Aston Villa, Manchester United and Blackburn, featured in the 3-0 loss to England in June in what was scheduled to be a one-off appearance after he announced his intention to retire following the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
Trinidad and Tobago will now be aiming to qualify for their second successive World Cup finals, and their first stop is a trip to Cuba on August 20.