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Jamaica sets Copa America roster

There were few surprises as Jamaica coach Winfried Schafer named his final 23-man squad for the upcoming Copa America Centenario. 

Jamaica is led by Leicester City captain Wes Morgan, who will be full of confidence after having guided the side to a remarkable Premier League triumph in 2015-16.

The experience duo of Rodolph Austin and Je-Vaughn Watson — who have almost 130 caps between them — were named in the midfield, but Schafer elected not to pick 72-time international Demar Phillips. 

There also was no room for former Colorado Rapids striker Deshorn Brown or the Portland Timbers duo of Alvas Powell and Darren Mattocks. Romeo Parkes, who received a season-long suspension and was released by the Pittsburgh Riverhounds after assaulting New York Red Bulls II defender Karl Ouimette during a USL match earlier this month, also was omitted.

Jamaica will contest Group C of the tournament — which kicks off in the United States on June 3 — alongside Mexico, Uruguay and Venezuela. 

Shafer and Co. face Venezuela on June 5 before taking on Mexico four days later, finishing off the group with a clash against 15-time winner Uruguay on June 13.

Jamaica squad in full:

Goalkeepers: Andre Blake (Philadelphia Union), Duwayne Kerr (Stjarnan), Ryan Thompson (Saint Louis FC)

Defenders: Rosario Harriott (Harbour View FC), Michael Hector (Reading), Kemar Lawrence (New York RB), Adrian Mariappa (Crystal Palace), Wes Morgan (Leicester City), Damano Solomon (Portmore United), Jermaine Taylor (Portland Timbers)

Midfielders: Rodolph Austin (Brondby IF), Michael Binns (Portmore United), Chevone Marsh (Cavaler Sports Club), Joel McAnuff (Leyton Orient), Garath McCleary (Reading), Andrew Vanzie (Humble Lion FC), Je-Vaughn Watson (New England Revolution), Lee Williamson (Blackburn Rovers)

Forwards: Giles Barnes (Houston Dynamo), Simon Dawkins (San Jose Earthquakes), Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City), Allan Ottey (Montego Bay United), Dever Orgill (IFK Marieham)