Club before country?

Friday 7 December 2001

Barry Hayles could give up his international career with Jamaica as he looks to put club before country and concentrate on his Cottagers career.

The 29-year-old attacker missed several games for Fulham last season because he had to travel to the Caribbean for World Cup qualification matches.

But Jamaica have not reached the finals in Japan and Korea next summer, leaving Hayles re-thinking his future with The Reggae Boyz.

The Lambeth-born forward revealed: "We didn't qualify and the long journeys have caught up with me.

"I've got to sit down and have a think about whether I make the journeys if I'm called up again. Travelling over there can lead to me missing games for Fulham and I need to think about that."

Hayles made his international debut in February 2000 when he first donned the black, green and gold from the sub's bench in Jamaica's World Cup qualifier with Trinidad and Tobago.