Internationals: Mariappa On World Cup Hopes

By Kevin Affleck

Adrian Mariappa wants Jamaica to continue their sparkling recent form and give him a final crack at playing at a World Cup.

The Reggae Boyz have made a storming start to life in Group C of the CONCACAF Nations League, winning their first four games and rattling in 18 unanswered goals.

They play Antigua & Barbados on Saturday and Guyana on Tuesday as they bid to finish top of the group and reach June's Nations League final championship. From there, three direct slots and one play-off spot is available for the Qatar World Cup in 2022.

“These are massive games and we need to finish the group well,” said Mariappa. “They are games on paper we should win but we need to put in two good performances and get two good results that will carry us onto the World Cup qualifiers. [The team] is in really good shape and we’ve got some great young players, we’re just trying to build solid foundations. Obviously, it’s a long way for us to get to the World Cup so we need to have those foundations in place to give us the best opportunity to make it.”

Mariappa has won 48 caps for Jamaica since his debut in May 2012 and jumps at the chance to link up with Theodore Whitmore's side and represent the country of his mother.

“I’m incredibly proud and it’s something I’ve appreciated more as I have got older,” he said. “I’ve had some great experiences and it comes with great responsibility as well because you are trying to do well, not just for yourself. There’s a lot of the young guys depending on us doing well so they can go and live their dreams and play as high as they can across Europe.”


Exhibition: Watford Shirts To Feature In National Football Museum

Two Hornets shirts are set to feature in one of the UK's largest ever curated exhibitions of football jerseys.

The shirts will be displayed as part of the STRIP! How Football Got Shirty exhibition in the National Football Museum in Manchester, opening on Friday November 22.

The 1976 Umbro home shirt — featuring red and black trim and the famous Harry the Hornet crest — will be showcased in the exhibition, along with Hummel's striking 1993-95 design.

The exhibition, featuring over 200 jerseys, unpicks the global fascination with football shirts and how they have influenced football culture, design, fashion and technology.

It will examine how football shirts have developed from mere kit to genuine objects of desire, looking at the design of the football shirt, from the functional to the aesthetic, influential designers and manufacturers and the rise of the football hipster, as well as detailing iconic shirts and shirt disasters.

Jon Sutton, National Football Museum’s lead curator for the exhibition, said: “Football shirt culture has become a huge phenomenon and has devotees across the world. While fans will still buy a shirt to show support for their own team, there is a huge interest in international sides, special editions and a nostalgia for classic designs of the past.

“Fans will obsess over the details of colour combinations, placement of logos and even the sponsors of the shirt. While many of the shirts on display will be remembered with affection there will also be a few disasters in there too!

“We’re sure this exhibition will appeal to anyone with an interest in design, fashion and technology.”