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Edwards: We’re getting There
T&T’s defender and midfielder Carlos Edwards is expecting next Friday’s 2018 World Cup qualifier against Panama to be a difficult task but not an impossible one.
Coach Dennis Lawrence and his men will go after maximum three points which will put T&T back into contention for a FIFA World Cup qualifying berth on March 24.
Edwards was called to the team earlier this month after recovering from an injury sustained in the CFU Gold Cup qualifier with Haiti in January. The former Sunderland player as been in training throughout, making a second half appearance in the 2-0 win over Barbados last Friday.
“I feel okay, fresh and fit at the moment after coming off the injury against Haiti in the qualifiers. The guys are sprightly and full of confidence at the moment. The training has been great and Lawrence has been trying to get the guys to a certain level of tactical readiness and fitness. The guys are really taking heed of what is being taught to them,” Edwards said.
He stressed the importance of T&T trying to take charge of the affair from the get go.
“It is something where we need to take the bull by the horn. As players we have to take responsibility. We know what is at hand and we know what it takes to win a game. I can say that the guys know this. They will go out there and put their best foot forward when they cross that white line. With the experience I have, coming through it the hard way in the past, I know it will be a tough task but not impossible and we are aiming to get two positive results,” Edwards said.
The former Ipswich Town man played alongside Lawrence at Defence Force and Wrexham along with the national team. He also played alongside Stern John at Sunderland and the national team, while coming up against Sol Campbell at club level in England.
“ When any coach comes into the fold, I will give them the utmost respect regardless of who it is. Obviously I have played with Dennis, Ross Russell and Stern John and I’ve played against Sol Campbell and also played under Stuart Charles when he had the team some years ago.
But at the same time there comes a point where you have to draw the line between staff members and players.”
“I am still a player so I have to give them that respect.
I will help the payers in any capacity and it’s good to see Dennis, Stern and Ross rubbing shoulders once again following their national team playing days,” Edwards said.
Lawrence will announce his final squad for the qualifying match at the weekend.
Tickets for both World Cup qualifiers are available at Lotto Locations nationwide. They are priced at $300 (covered) and $160 (uncovered) per game up until March 17th and from March 18th to 28th, tickets will be priced at $350 (covered) and $200 (uncovered) per game.