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Wells to return for Dominican showdown

Goal threat: Nahki Wells scored Bermuda’s winner

Nahki Wells has made himself available for Bermuda’s crucial Concacaf Nations League qualifier away to the Dominican Republic in March.

The 28-year-old striker declared his intentions just days after scoring Bermuda’s winner in a 1-0 upset over El Salvador, which kept alive the island’s dream of competing at the Gold Cup next year.

“I will be available,” Wells told The Royal Gazette. “The match against the Dominican Republic is vital and could be the start of important fixtures for Bermuda. The Gold Cup is a realistic goal, which we are aiming for.”

Wells, on loan at Sky Bet Championship side Queens Park Rangers, headed in Reggie Lambe’s cross in the 71st minute in what was his first appearance for Bermuda in 3½ years.

The Central Americans, ranked 70th in the Fifa rankings, 110 places above Bermuda, were the firm favourites going into last Friday night’s match at the National Stadium, which was played in torrential rain.

“We don’t always have all of our best players together, but this time I think we had pretty much everyone bar one or two and we showed up,” he said.

“We had the fans behind us and credit to them for coming out in some unbelievable weather.

“It was difficult in those the conditions. I don’t think I’ve played in a game like it since I was at Dandy Town.”

Wells and his QPR team-mates are away to Stoke City in the Sky Bet Championship this weekend.

The Bermuda striker has scored twice for QPR since joining the West London club on loan from Premier League side Burnley in August.

n Nathan Trott, the West Ham United goalkeeper, was an unused substitute in the England Under-20 side’s 2-0 home win over Germany yesterday.

Lukas Nmecha and Joe Willock scored for England.