Highlands & Islands

Nairn County's Mendes called up for Montserrat

Junior Mendes
Image caption Junior Mendes has previously played for Montserrat

A footballer playing in Britain's most northerly senior championship has been called up to appear for his country in the Caribbean Cup.

Junior Mendes, 35, signed for Highland League club Nairn County last month. His previous clubs have included Chelsea, St Mirren and Ayr United.

He has been called up for Montserrat, ranked 206 in Fifa's world rankings.

Mendes was born in south-west London, but his parents come from the Caribbean.

A personal trainer with a degree in sports fitness and nutrition, he signed for County after an approach from manager Les Fridge.

Fridge, a former goalkeeper, also had a spell at Chelsea as a youth.

Mendes, who has previously appeared for his country, commutes from his home in Glasgow to play for Nairn.

Emerald Isle

The striker said he hoped to continue playing football for as long as possible.

He said: "So long as my body lets me, and I can help out on a Saturday in a positive way, then definitely.

"I want to play for as long as I can."

The Highland League is below the Scottish Third Division and its other clubs include Inverurie Locos, Formartine United, Turriff United and Clachnacuddin.

The Caribbean Cup involves group matches taking place over August, September and October before the final in December.

The national team of Monserrat, a volcanic island nicknamed the Emerald Isle, is ranked 206 in the world along with Bhutan, San Marino and the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Monserrat's manager is Englishman Kenny Dyer.

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