Some of the most recognizable football players with Jamaican Ancestry

Of all the nations that form CONCACAF, Jamaica is perhaps the biggest under-achiever.

The sad truth is that despite winning the Caribbean Cup 5 times, Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz have not earned any ‘major’ trophy in the sport of football.

Our proudest moment came in 1998 when  Jamaica became the smallest nation to score and win a game in the FIFA World Cup finals with our famous 2-1 victory over Japan.

A record which stands to this day.

  

There should be no doubt in the mind of anyone that the Jamaican team has long had the quality to win smaller regional competitions such as the Gold Cup.

We have already proven that on the rare occasion, we can defeat teams such as Mexico and the United States.

These are teams which have consistently managed to qualify for FIFA World Cup finals and have won the Gold Cup several times.

The lack of proper facilities and technical training is undoubtedly one of the  biggest dampers to Jamaica’s growth in football.

It is a problem faced by many developing countries. Harsh economic conditions over the past few decades has resulted in many Jamaicans fleeing to other countries to seek a better life for themselves and their families.

Many of these individuals that fled to other countries have produced children who are excelling in some of the biggest football leagues around the world.

I often times wonder how much stronger our national side could have been if we had managed to lure them to our squad.

  

Of course it is too late for some of them now 🙁

Below is a short list of players with Jamaican roots who are currently garnering experience at the highest level of football around the world. 

Daniel Sturridge

Daniel Sturridge Jamaican roots

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daniel Andre Sturridge is an English footballer who plays for Liverpool and the England national team as a striker.

He is very proud of his Jamaican heritage and visits Jamaica regularly.

 

Ravel Morrison

Ravel Morrison Jamaicna roots

 

 

 

 

 

 

Regarded as a prodigy, former Manchester United coach Sir Alex Ferguson described the playmaker as “the best talent he had ever seen”.

The midfielder began his career with Manchester United before joining West Ham in January 2012. He currently plays for Queens Park Rangers.

 

Nathan Dyer

  

Nathan Dyer Jamaican roots

Plays as a winger for Swansea City. He started playing as a teenager in the Southampton youth team and has played for Southampton, Sheffield United (on loan) and Swansea City.

He is also regarded as one of the best wingers in England.

 

Theo Walcott

Theo Walcott Jamaican roots

 

 

 

 

 

 

Theo currently plays as a forward for Arsenal and the England national team.

On 30 May 2006 the speedy player became England’s youngest ever senior football player aged 17 years and 75 days.

 

Ashley Young

Ashley Young Jamaican roots

 

 

 

 

 

 

Young plays as a winger for Manchester United and the English national team.

This talented player has a Jamaican father and has already earned many caps for the England national team.

 

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Jamaican heritage

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alex plays for Arsenal and the England national football team as a winger.

  

 

Darren Bent

Darren Bent Jamaican heritage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Darren Ashley Bent currently plays for Fulham, on loan from Aston Villa, as a striker.

He has also represented England at under-15, under-16, under-17, under-19, under-21 and senior levels.

 

Raheem Sterling

Raheem Sterling Jamaican heritage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sterling plays as a winger for Premier League club Liverpool and the England national team.

He represented England at under-16, under-17 and under-21 level before being capped at full level by the national side in 2012.

 

Aaron Lennon

Aaron Lennon Jamaican heritage

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aaron Justin Lennon currently plays as a right winger for Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League and the England national team.

He has an English Jamaican father and English Irish mother.

 

John Barnes – Retired ages ago but what a great player he was!

  

John Barnes is Jamaican

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Charles Bryan Barnes MBE (born 7 November 1963) is a Jamaican-born English former footballer and manager.

He had successful periods at Watford and Liverpool in the 1980s and 1990s, winning the First Division twice, the FA Cup twice, and playing for England 79 times (at the time, a record for a black player).

Did you know all these players had Jamaican heritage?

Please feel free to list names of other players worthy of note in the comments. I may even amend this list to include them.

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Akeeno Hall
7 years ago

ja coach need to investigate an search out these players an offer for them to play for our national team

Raymond Chuku Robins
7 years ago

You could of least say what are their relation to whom so ever are their relative

Nicholas Sylvester
7 years ago

the get rich fast mentality we want it all one time, if we don’t take them for they’re about 5 girl and boy then we well never see ja at another world cup too much licky licky people all them want a food so feed them captain.

Odaine Campbell
7 years ago

Jonathan dahguzman also has Jamaican. Background

Wayne Chen
7 years ago

Sol Campbell

Kevin Ramsay
7 years ago

David James’s dad probably still lives in MoBay.

Jheavon Peters
7 years ago

Jermaine Pennant

Bobby Lue
7 years ago

Ricky Hill current Tampa Bay Rowdies head coach, England International and Jamaican true and true

Corey Porter
7 years ago

I am proud of where we are. these players know their heritage. I am proud of them but they have chosen to play for other countries. We have talent in all aspects across the seas but we still have enough talent at home. discipline is what is holding us back not a lack of talent. I am proud of my island brothers accomplishments but i think we can do without leaving the island for talent. look closer at your neighbors.

Ode Rock Nightclub Shep

we could be a force in soccer , but discipline is the root of the problem so we will not do well

Ode Rock Nightclub Shep

we could be a force in soccer , but discipline is the root of the problem so we will not do well

Olumide Akinwumi
7 years ago

lol…Very funny, those guys are not Jamaicans, and there’s no way in this world that any of them can represent Jamaican National team….Train the boys you have here, Jamaica league is filled with strong and talented players,even in high schools… Stop focusing on athletics alone…Soccer pays better money and is even more respected. I cant pay $100jmd to watch Usain Bolt run….But I can pay $500US to watch Messi play.

Henderson Dee
7 years ago

walter boyd o.O

Henderson Dee
7 years ago

walter boyd o.O

Mexicana Advoday
6 years ago

jamaican people don’t have discipline, money hungry yet cussing the footballers. in case you all didn’t know, they are jamaicans too inspite of where they might reside. jamaicans are always looking tto politicians, athletes, football players, cricketers to have the most discipline behavior, honest and decent yet the society is full of wild animals who don’t know how to abide by the law neither in jamaica or overseas.. ugh

Nashey Eto
6 years ago

Never no a so dem nuff at all

Stewart Spencer
6 years ago

What was infamous about Jamaica’s 2 -1 win over Japan in the 1998 World Cup? The word infamous denotes something that is well known for some bad quality or deed. Synonyms would be disreputable, shameful, disgraceful, unprincipled, unscrupulous to name a few. Be careful how you use words that you do not understand.

Rock Shep
6 years ago

we could be a force in soccer , but discipline is the root of the problem so we will not do well

Corey Porter
6 years ago

I am proud of where we are. these players know their heritage. I am proud of them but they have chosen to play for other countries. We have talent in all aspects across the seas but we still have enough talent at home. discipline is what is holding us back not a lack of talent. I am proud of my island brothers accomplishments but i think we can do without leaving the island for talent. look closer at your neighbors.

Olumide Akinwumi
6 years ago

lol…Very funny, those guys are not Jamaicans, and there’s no way in this world that any of them can represent Jamaican National team….Train the boys you have here, Jamaica league is filled with strong and talented players,even in high schools… Stop focusing on athletics alone…Soccer pays better money and is even more respected. I cant pay $100jmd to watch Usain Bolt run….But I can pay $500US to watch Messi play.

Tenacious Views
6 years ago

walter boyd o.O

Bobby Lue
6 years ago

Ricky Hill current Tampa Bay Rowdies head coach, England International and Jamaican true and true

Nicholas Sylvester
6 years ago

the get rich fast mentality we want it all one time, if we don’t take them for they’re about 5 girl and boy then we well never see ja at another world cup too much licky licky people all them want a food so feed them captain.

Kevin Ramsay
6 years ago

David James’s dad probably still lives in MoBay.

Odaine Campbell
6 years ago

Jonathan dahguzman also has Jamaican. Background

Jheavon Unruly Peters
6 years ago

Jermaine Pennant

Wayne Chen
6 years ago

Sol Campbell

Akeeno Hall
6 years ago

ja coach need to investigate an search out these players an offer for them to play for our national team

Dimsie Cantave
6 years ago

GREAT IS HIS FAITHFULLNESS TO US AS A PEOPLE OUT OF MANY , ONE PEOPLE,

Marcus Dante
6 years ago

Ian Wright.

Marcus Dante
6 years ago

Ian Wright.

Deryck Brooks
6 years ago

Akeeno , he
did , but they declined to play for Boyz .

Ricky Wallace
6 years ago

Rolando Aarons of Newcastle United the new Raheem Sterling

Ricky Wallace
6 years ago

Rolando Aarons of Newcastle United the new Raheem Sterling

Ricky Wallace
6 years ago

Rolando Aarons of Newcastle United the new Raheem Sterling

Leonie Rose
6 years ago

yes we Jamaican are a fancy bundle. One Love

Taj Dice
Taj Dice
5 years ago

Rolando arons is a good player