Agent of Jamaican star Leon Bailey, Craig Butler, has confirmed that Bailey will represent the Reggae Boyz this summer, ending their long standoff with the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF). The 22 year old Bailey, who currently plays in the German Bundesliga for Bayer Leverkusen, turned down previous call-ups to the national team, with the most recent coming last October.
He had initially accepted the JFF invitation for their CONCACAF Nations League game against Bonaire but later refused after his brother Kyle Butler wasn't selected in the squad. However, speaking on Hitz 92 FM's Sports Explosion on Thursday morning, Craig Butler confirmed that they made the decision after discussions with the Minister of Sport and the presidents of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) and the Jamaica Olympic Association.
“Chris Samuda worked hard with some things and the minister has also given her support. We love our country and we want to play for our country,” said Butler. It means Bailey will now be available for the Reggae Boyz friendly against the USA on June 5 in Washington and could make his home debut against Honduras in the CONCACAF Gold Cup on June 17 at the National Stadium.
Meanwhile, Bailey's younger brother Kyle, who plies his trade in Austria, has been invited for the Under-23 squad for the Olympic qualifiers and the Pan American Games.