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Oxford United’s ex-Lazio right back Djavan Anderson targets Jamaica call

Byoxfordnewspaper

Sep 6, 2022

DJAVAN Anderson is targeting an international call-up for Jamaica after interest from two countries gave him a decision to make.

Oxford United’s transfer deadline-day signing is eligible for the island nation through his dad, but was called-up by Suriname for a friendly against Thailand in March due to his mum’s background.

Anderson did not feature in the match, which U’s winger Yanic Wildschut started, leaving his options open on the international front.

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The right back said: “They (Suriname) wanted me in the squad and it got a bit complicated.

“My father’s from Jamaica and my mother’s from Suriname, so both countries called me up and I was stuck in the middle.

“My mum was like ‘play for Suriname’ and my father was like ‘no, you’re playing for Jamaica’.

“It looks like I’m going to play for Jamaica, but playing for Oxford is my priority right now.”

Anderson joined United from Serie A giants Lazio for an undisclosed fee, signing a one-year deal with the option of an extra 12 months.

However, he cannot represent the club until he obtains a work permit and that is still in the process of being granted.

The 27-year-old’s appearance on the bench for Lazio against Sampdoria last Wednesday evening earned him the necessary number of Governing Body Endorsement (GBE) points to play in the English Football League.

The GBE system outlines the requirements for overseas players arriving in the UK post-Brexit.

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Anderson travelled to the UK on Thursday to finalise the move and hopes to feature more regularly than at his previous club.

The defender was limited to just ten appearances in four years at Lazio, spending time on loan at Serie B side Salernitana and PEC Zwolle, of the Eredivisie.

The latter spell saw Anderson play 14 times in the second half of last season, with his most recent competitive game against PSV Eindhoven in May.

It means the former Ajax trainee is raring to get the chance to feature regularly for United – once all the paperwork is complete, of course.

He said: “I’ve had some difficulties, so that has always kept me from being able to really show myself.

“This is definitely a great opportunity for me to get game-time and show the world who I am.

“I’ve always been hungry, but now getting a genuine chance to really show myself week-in, week-out is the only thing for me.”