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Straker receives international call-up

8 November 2012

Defender Anthony Straker has received an international call-up from Grenada today.

The Southend United left-back will travel to the Caribbean Island on Saturday morning to represent them in three CONCACAF Gold Cup qualifiers.

Grenada, the hosts of all group six matches, will face games against Guyana (14th November), Haiti (16th November) and French Guiana (18th November) next week.

“It is a real honour to get called up,” Straker exclusively told the official website.

“I played a few years ago in the Gold Cup for Grenada at the New York Red Bulls ground and LA Galaxy’s as well in America.

“We didn’t qualify on that occasion but it was a good experience and hopefully we can do better this time round.”

Straker, who qualifies for Genada through his mother, has also represented England at under 18 level.

He looks set to be joined in the squad by Aldershot Town’s Bradley Bubb as he jets out via Barbados this weekend.

“The people of Grenada love their football,” said the 24-year-old.

“We will be playing in St. George’s at the national stadium. It holds about 10,000 people and although I don’t think it will be full there should be a good crowd at the matches.”

As a result of the call-up Straker will be unavailable for Southend’s npower League Two matches against Port Vale, Torquay United and AFC Wimbledon.

And that is something that disappoints the former Aldershot Town defender.

“It all came as a bit of a surprise really,” he said. “Grenada Football Association contacted the club with the call-up.

“Obviously being involved with the first team here is important and so to miss the three matches is disappointing.

“I’d like to thank the manager for agreeing to release me to play and hopefully the boys can get the results we need whilst I am away.”

Straker has three previous caps for Genada who are ranked 149 in the world by FIFA.

The United States of America will host the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup Finals in July next year.

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