English Championship club Bolton Wanderers midfield player Neil Danns says that he’s hoping for another chance to don the colours of the Golden Jaguars – Guyana’s senior National men’s football team.
The 32 year-old was at the time speaking to ‘Bolton News’ about his club’s expectation for the upcoming season and earning his first international cap.
Danns made his international début against Grenada in a friendly international match at the Guyana National Stadium, setting up both goals that were scored by striker Pernel Schultz.
Passport issues kept the midfield maestro out of Guyana’s first leg of their World Cup Qualifier against St Vincent and the Grenadines which the Golden Jaguars drew 2 – 2 and was hoping for a win at Providence to see them through to the next round.
However, despite Danns’ double, Guyana drew 4 – 4 with the ‘Vincy Heat’ and found themselves out of the qualifiers.
“It was a great experience,” Danns said, while adding “even though there were some complications with our citizenship, to score twice in the World Cup was incredible and now hopefully I get another crack at it”
But he could get a second bite at the cherry, with a FIFA decision imminent on whether St Vincent fielded an ineligible player, which would grant Guyana a 3-0 walkover win.
Danns is hoping for a positive outcome and insists his globetrotting will not affect his form for Wanderers this season.
“We’ve all got our fingers crossed. If it turns out well for me then it would be another great experience. It’s a long way to travel but I know players like Chung-Yong Lee who did it for years; this is all new to me. Maybe after a while it might wear you down mentally but for me it’s an adventure, it’s exciting, and I look forward to it” said Danns.
Meanwhile, the midfielder refuses to be downbeat about the club’s chances in the Championship this season, despite many writing off any hopes of a top-six finish before a ball has been kicked.