McAnuff eyes O's international appearance record with Jamaica

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Jobi McAnuff could be set to become Leyton Orient’s highest international capped player if he makes two appearances for Jamaica at the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup, which starts tomorrow and is jointly hosted by USA and Canada.

Since he joined Orient in July 2014 the winger has made six international appearances, one away from Tony Grealish of the Republic of Ireland and John Chiedozie and Tunji Banjo of Nigeria.

Jamaica are in Group B and play their first game in the Gold Cup against Costa Rica at the StubHub Center, Carson, on July 8. Their second is against Canada in Houston on July 11 and third will see them face El Salvador in Toronto on the  July 14.

McAnuff recently played for Jamaica in all three Copa America matches where his side lost 1-0 to Uruguay, Paraguay and Argentina in the group stage, finishing bottom of Group B.

His first international appearance came on May 18, 2002 when he made his debut for Jamaica in the Unity Cup against Nigeria, but other appearances have been more recent with his second cap coming in February 2013 in a 0-0 draw at the Estadio Azteca against Mexico.

In 2014, he was part of the Jamaican squad which won the Caribbean Cup, scoring in the penalty shoot-out in the final against Trinidad and Tobago in Montego Bay.

Jamaica have recently climbed nine places in the world rankings to 65th and a good performance at the Gold Cup could see them rise higher.