Exeter City: Joel Grant eyes Jamaica recall as his goalscoring form returns

Joel Grant
Joel Grant celebrates scoring the winner against Chile in May - his second goal for his country

Exeter City forward Joel Grant is hoping his recent good form will lead to a recall by Jamaica.

Grant, 29, was left out of the squad which lost their final two World Cup qualifiers in September, having scored in the win over Chile in May and been part of the 2016 Copa America squad.

But he has scored in his last two games as Exeter's form has turned around with three wins from four.

"If my performances are good, I'm sure I'll be in," Grant told BBC Sport.

Grant was a late call-up to the Copa America squad after San Jose Earthquakes' Simon Dawkins pulled out with injury, and did not feature in the defeats to Venezuela, Mexico and Uruguay.

The former Yeovil, Wycombe and Crewe forward had felt Jamaica had a good chance of making the 2018 World Cup in Russia, but only managed one win and one draw as they finished bottom of their group in the fourth round of North American qualifying.

It led to German manager Winfried Schäfer leaving his role and being replaced by former Jamaica player Theodore Whitmore.

"I haven't played under him, but for Jamaica it's good, he's a legend in Jamaica," said Grant.

"He was a very good attacking player, someone I grew up watching and I'm sure he'll lead us and we'll do well going forward.

"The World Cup was a huge disappointment, I can't quite put my finger on what went wrong.

"I didn't play in the qualifiers, which as an individual was a bit disappointing, especially after being involved in the Copa America and the Gold Cup and being in it for the last couple of seasons

"I think we underachieved. If you look at our squad, we had to do better, but it wasn't to be. Theodore's in change at the moment and I'm sure going forward we can put things right."

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