No longer on the radar for England's national team Giles Barnes is making moves to represent Jamaica. Once he obtains a few more documents he will be filing the switch. While Barnes is from England his grandfather is of Jamaican decent making him eligible to play for the team.
"You always want to play international football; it's a dream as a child," Barnes told MLSsoccer.com. "The first one was playing in the Premier League. I did, and so the next one's playing internationally. Hopefully, I can achieve that as well. You've got to get selected, but I think I've got a lot to offer. That's just me. I'm not being big-headed, but I've played at the highest level, and I can play at a variety of positions."
As a youth he played for England's U-19 team scoring seven goals in 12 appearances in 2006 and 2007. He never managed to make the jump to the senior squad. Playing for Derby County from 2005-2009 he was plagued with injuries including a broken foot. After being released by Derby Barnes bounced around England until landing in Houston in 2012. Since coming to the Dynamo he has played in 53 games and scored 12 goals.
If his application goes though he will be the fourth Jamaican on the Dynamo's roster joining Jason Johnson, Omar Cummings and Jermaine Taylor. The Reggae Boyz, as the team is known, compete in CONCAAF a region that would see him facing off against teammates like Boniek Garcia who plays for Honduras and Brad Davis who has become a regular for the US national team. Jamacia failed to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup happening right now in Brazil.