Mason Greenwood missed out on the European Championship for treatment on an 'underlying injury'

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Jamaica want Mason Greenwood as their latest Premier League player to switch nationalities and help them reach the World Cup next year.

The Caribbean nation have recently persuaded West Ham forward Michail Antonio to play in their qualifiers and also have Ravel Morrison, Andre Gray and Kemar Roofe in their plans.

Greenwood, 19, missed out on the European Championships for treatment on an “underlying injury” and was also sidelined for the Under-21 Euros in March. The teenager has not played for his country since making his senior debut against Iceland in September but was sent home for breaking Covid-19 safety rules with guests at the team hotel.

The Manchester United forward qualifies for Jamaica through his parents and could still switch countries despite featuring in a Uefa Nations League game, as players can change if they are under 21 years old and have played no more than three competitive games.

According to a senior source in the Jamaica Football Federation, they would welcome Greenwood being part of Theodore Whitmore’s team going forward.

They have put together an exciting team for the CONCACAF qualifiers, captained by Bristol City’s Adrian Mariappa and also containing Bayer Leverkusen forward Leon Bailey. From England, they also have Bobby Decordova-Reid and Liam Moore.

Greenwood had to fight his way back into Gareth Southgate’s England plans after getting sent home from Iceland along with Phil Foden. Foden was back in Southgate’s squad after missing one international break but Greenwood was made to wait longer.

He forced his way back into the reckoning with a run of eight goals in 11 games towards the end of the season, which earned him a starting place for the Europa League final against Villarreal.

Greenwood played for England’s youth teams as he went through the ranks at United, with his first-team breakthrough in the last two years seeing him become the club’s highest teenage Premier League goalscorer.