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Lee: I never hesitate to play for my country

Dante Leverock trains for Bermuda before tomorrow’s match against Barbados (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

Roger Lee Jr is fired up for Bermuda’s international friendly against Barbados at the National Stadium tomorrow.

The Heanor Town midfielder is among several overseas-based players expected to be named in Kyle Lightbourne’s line-up.

Lee was a member of the Bermuda squad that came from behind to edge Grenada away from home 2-1 in a friendly in June and is looking forward to earning another cap for his country.

“It’s always an honour to play for Bermuda,” Lee, the son of Somerset Eagles coach Roger Lee, said. “Any time Maurice [Lowe, the Bermuda Football Association development director] or any of the administration ask me to play, there’s never any hesitation to come back or to fly wherever we have to go.”

Other overseas players back for the friendly international include Carlisle United forward Reggie Lambe, the Bermuda captain, winger Zeiko Lewis, of United Soccer League side New York Red Bulls II, and Osagi Bascome, who has been based in Spain since being released by Bristol City, the Sky Bet Championship club, this summer.

Bascome is among a group of players that represented Bermuda at the Concacaf Under-20 Championship in Costa Rica in February pushing for a place in Lightbourne’s squad for tomorrow’s commitment against Barbados, who are 21 places above the Gombey Warriors in the world rankings.

Bermuda are scheduled to face Barbados in the Caribbean next year as part of a home-and-away arrangement, which falls in line with the BFA’s efforts to raise the standard of the senior national programme through increased activity.

“If we continue to get games like these coming thick and fast we will get better,” Lee said.

“The future of the national team is looking promising. We have a good crop of players and a very strong team and, step by step, I think we will get better as long as we are playing together.

“But if we are just sitting down and not having games like it was previously, I don’t see us getting any better.”

Bermuda and Barbados have each won twice in the five previous meetings between the countries.

Bermuda won 3-0 when Barbados last visited the island nearly a decade ago.

Lee has strong ties with Barbados as his grandmother is from the Caribbean island.

Asked if his loyalties will be torn, Lee said: “I will be Bermuda all the way.

“I don’t really know too much about them. But we played against them in World Cup qualifiers like seven or eight years ago.”

Lee has urged his Bermuda team-mates to build on the momentum gained from June’s triumph away to Grenada against the visiting Barbadians.

“We went to Grenada and got a win against them and so we are just looking for some momentum going into the game,” he said.

Kick-off at the National Stadium is 8pm.