MONTEGO BAY, St James — New Reggae Boy Jermaine Beckford says the Jamaican football fans can expect the unexpected from him if he gets the chance to show his skills in Jamaica's next World Cup qualifying game against Panama at the National Stadium on Friday night.
The striker, who is on loan to Huddersfield Town from Leicester City, arrived in the island last night with 11 other UK-based players, including new invitee Lloyd Doyley and recalled Omar Daley and Jermaine Johnson, to begin preparation for the game on Friday.
If Beckford plays on Friday, it would be his first after withdrawing from the team for the 0-0 draw against Mexico due to injuries.
Also arriving were midfielder Rodolph Austin, Nyron Nosworthy and Jobi McAnuff.
The London-born Beckford, who came through the Chelsea FC youth system has a Jamaican father and both paternal grandparents are also Jamaicans, told the media up on arrival at the Sangster International Airport not even he knows what to expect on the field.
"Expect the unexpected, I don't even know," he said with a laugh. "That's how I have managed to live and have the career that I've had by being unexpected, people don't even know what to expect from me, I have an unorthodox style and hopefully will get a few goals as well," he said.
Beckford, who has three goals in six appearances for Huddersfeld Town in the Championship this season, said he is pleased to get the chance to run out for the Reggae Boyz.
"It's an amazing opportunity for me to represent such an amazing country in the tournament (and) hopefully in the World Cup as well and show the world what we are capable of," said Beckford.
Getting to gel with his teammates will not be an issue he said, as "I have played a lot against the UK-based Boyz and have done my homework on the ones from here and everybody looked really, really good".
Jamaica Football Federation boss Captain Horace Burrell, who met the players on arrival, was also eager for Friday to come and said things are falling into place for the game.
"We are looking forward to a tremendous performance on Friday, because at the end of the day, it's how we perform that matters," Burrell said.
The few extra days of preparation, Burrell said, would be a bonus for the players and the coaching staff to see them and get their game plan into place.