Jamaica Copa America squad review: Leon Bailey in after row

The official 26-man Jamaica Copa America squad has now been announced by head coach Heimir Hallgrimsson, as they head out to the USA to compete in their third tournament.

Jamaica will be aiming to reach the knockout stages of the Copa America for the very first time, after exiting at the group stages in their previous two attempts.

The Reggae Boyz qualified for the competition via their CONCACAF Nations League performance, where they finished third in the final standings, and have been placed in what looks set to be a very competitive Group B alongside Mexico, Ecuador and Venezuela.

Leon Bailey has enjoyed a fine season with Aston Villa, but has found himself shut out of the Jamaica squad for misconduct – Photo by Icon Sport

Jamaica – Key facts

Year founded: 1925

Current FIFA ranking: 55

Highest FIFA ranking: 27 (August 1998)

Year of Copa America debut: 2015

Best Copa America performance: Group stage (2015, 2016)

Player to watch: Leon Bailey

Full Jamaica Copa America squad

There are some notable inclusions in the squad, including Aston Villa attacker Leon Bailey. He has not played for his country since November, after he was suspended by Hallgrimsson for the CONCACAF Nations League finals in March 2023 for breaking curfew.

Luton Town defender Amari'i Bell has also not played competitive football since March after suffering a hamstring injury, but he too is included in the final squad list.

Goalkeeper

  • Andre Blake (Philadelphia Union)
  • Coniah Boyce-Clarke (Reading)
  • Jahmali Waite (El Paso Locomotive)
  • Shaquan Davis (Mount Pleasant)

Defence

  • Amari’i Bell (Luton Town)
  • Damion Lowe (Philadelphia Union)
  • Dexter Lembikisa (Heart of Midlothian)
  • Di’Shon Bernard (Sheffield Wednesday)
  • Ethan Pinnock (Brentford)
  • Greg Leigh (Oxford United)
  • Michael Hector (Charlton Athletic)
  • Jon Bell (Seattle Sounders)
  • Richard King (Cavalier)
  • Wesley Harding (Millwall)

Midfield

  • Alex Marshall (Portmore United)
  • Bobby Decordova-Reid (Fulham)
  • Joel Latibeaudiere (Coventry City)
  • Karoy Anderson (Charlton Athletic)
  • Kasey Palmer (Coventry City)
  • Kevon Lambert (Real Salt Lake)

Attack

  • Demarai Gray (Al-Ettifaq)
  • Kaheim Dixon (Arnett Gardens)
  • Michail Antonio (West Ham United)
  • Renaldo Cephas (Ankaragucu)
  • Shamar Nicholson (Clermont)
  • Leon Bailey (Aston Villa)

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