Ravel Morrison makes Jamaica debut aged 27 but has night to forget as former Manchester United youth star is hooked off at half-time of defeat to Saudi Arabia
Former Manchester United youth star Ravel Morrion made his debut for Jamaica at the age of 27 as the Reggae Boys were comfortably defeated 3-0 by Saudi Arabia on Saturday.
Morrison had been on the radar of boss Theodore Whitmore for some time but his highly-anticipated did not go to plan as he was hooked off at half-time of the friendly in Riyadh.
Morrison played for England Under-16s, 17s, 18s and 21s but never did enough to receive a call-up to the senior squad.
The former West Ham playmaker is currently playing at ADO Den Haag in the Netherlands after signing a contract with the club in September.
The Reggae Boyz showed plenty of rust in their first outing since COVID-19 restrictions led to the temporary stoppage of international football.
Saudi Arabia took the lead from the penalty spot in the 10th minute after goalkeeper Dwayne Miller spilt Salem Al-Dawsari’s penalty back into his path to tuck the ball into the net the second time of asking.
Shortly before the interval, Saleh Al-Shehri went on a mazy run past the defence before slotting past Miller in the 44th minute.
And the Jamaicans misery was compounded in the 77th minute when he tapped the ball into an empty net following a well-worked counter attack.
Morrison’s story is one of unfulfilled potential. His talent was lauded by Sir Alex Ferguson but his career fell apart before it even started.
Having turned professional on his 17th birthday in 2010, Morrison ended up making just three senior appearances for the Red Devils and left the club in 2012 without playing a Premier League game.
The list of clubs he has played for is long and includes West Ham, Birmingham, QPR, Cardiff, Lazio and Ostersunds.