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The Jamaican Who Isn’t Sure He Wants to Play for Jamaica

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Published on 14 Mar 2019 / In Entertainment

The Jamaican Who Isn’t Sure He Wants to Play for Jamaica<br />His priority, at this moment, is his club career, but he said he was conscious<br />that “in football, the years you play are limited, and I cannot wait all my life to play in a national team.”<br />He will not definitively rule out that team being Jamaica — “I would never say never” — but he does not seem hopeful.<br />He is in no doubt that he is Jamaican — “100 percent Jamaican,” he said — and he rejects the idea<br />that he is considering shedding his nationality, or his identity.<br />“Blood,” he said, “does not make you family.”<br />When Bailey was 12, Butler, convinced he could not fulfill his potential amid the<br />privations of Jamaican soccer, decided to take him and Kyle Butler, to Europe.<br />Usain Bolt has offered his support, and the Jamaica Gleaner columnist Tanya Lee has said she does not take his “refusal to play personally,” pointing out<br />that Jamaica itself has played foreign-born players in the past.<br />That is where you were born.”<br />That is something Bailey has been conscious of ever since he left Jamaica — perhaps earlier, right back to the moment, at the age of 8,<br />that he first encountered the key figure in his rise: his adoptive father, Butler.<br />“Of course, if something was put down in front of me by a country that could compete, I would consider it,” he said.

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