Daniels striker Ryan Robbins gets international call-up
Stamford AFC star striker Ryan Robbins has been given an international call-up to play for St Kitts and Nevis in their up-coming World Cup qualifying campaign.
The Daniels’ leading scorer this season said on Twitter last night (Wednesday): “Happy to have been called up to represent St Kitts in next month’s World Cup qualifiers.”
Robbins has score 15 goals in the Evo-Stik NPL this season, including five from the penalty spot, despite being injured with a broken foot for two months.
He returned to action on January 17 and has scored four goals in five games since then.
Robbins signed for Stamford in August 2013. He has previously played for Coalville Town and Friar Lane & Epworth.
He was the club’s top goal scorer last season.
The Caribbean international side, known as The Sugar Boyz, are ranked 120th in the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Rankings.
They will play Turks and Caicos Islands at home on March 23 and then away on March 26 in Round One of qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia from the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association (CONCACAF) area.
To reach the World Cup St Kitts and Nevis would have to go through four qualifying rounds lasting more than 33 months.
The 14 lowest-ranked teams in CONCACAF, including St Kitts and Nevis, were drawn in direct competition in Round One. They include: Bahamas,Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Barbados, US Virgin Islands,Nicaragua, Anguilla, Belize, Cayman Islands, Curacao and Montserrat.
Canada,Cuba and Guatemala and El Salvador join the qualification process in Round Two, in June, which will again consist of home-and-away series.
The winners move on to Round Three, the final round to be contested via home-and-away series, where Jamaica and Haiti join the process.
The region’s top-six join the party in Round Four, from November 2015 to September 2016, in a round-robin format.
Costa Rica, USA, Mexico, Honduras, Panama and Trinidad and Tobago will compete with the remaining victors from the previous rounds for places in the final hexagonal round, which pits the top six teams in the region against each other for three direct tickets to Russia 2018, and one potential fourth.
Robbins’ Stamford team mate Jordan Smith played for Antigua and Barbuda in Caribbean Cup in Jamaica earlier this season.