Can Remy and Walker give some Caribbean punch?

James Walker
James Walker

Not many teams in the Blue Square South can boast of an international strike force - Eastbourne Borough can.

Ellis Remy and James Walker play for Montserrat and Antigua and Barbuda respectively. Both help bring a little Caribbean flair to the south coast.

They may have been brought up in Britain and came through English youth teams but the two hold on to their cultural roots by playing for their homelands.

James Walker, 24, began in the Charlton Athletic Academy and was selected twice at England Under-18 level in 2005 but not for the senior side. This enabled him to be available for international selection. When Antigua and Barbuda offered him the chance Walker was a little reluctant, but he eventually took it.

Manager Tommy Widdrington said, “I think its right that he goes despite his initial reluctance. Your country comes knocking you should answer without a doubt.”

“I’m absolutely delighted for the lad and feel any international recognition is a real plus for the club and the individual concerned.”

In August Walker came on as a 75th minute substitute against Guatemala in a FIFA World Cup Qualifier for Rio 2014, and a small bit of history was carved for Eastbourne Borough. They now have two full international footballers on their books.

Ellis Remy, 28, - who only signed up in March - has appeared for Montserrat four times, scoring two goals. Both these goals came together in a 7-0 thrashing of British Virgin Islands and it was Montserrat’s first win as a FIFA member.

Walker and the Antigua and Barbuda squad have fixtures against relative footballing giants USA and Jamaica in the next two weeks.

Widdrington added, “James is in a squad that also features Mikele Leigertwood and Dexter Blackstock so he will obviously be in excellent company”

It is hoped that with the international experience the duo will bring it should help the squad for the rest of the season.

The club certainly need a lift after this week.