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Gold Cup 2015 Profile: Trinidad & Tobago

Our series of Gold Cup previews moves up to the Caribbean to take a look at the Soca Warriors of Trinidad & Tobago

Striker Kenwyne Jones will be the main man for Trinidad & Tobago at this summer's Gold Cup
Striker Kenwyne Jones will be the main man for Trinidad & Tobago at this summer's Gold Cup
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It's safe to say hard times have fallen on Trinidad & Tobago football, with the golden days of Dwight Yorke, Russell Latapy, Shaka Hislop and Stern John a somewhat distant memory.

But who is to blame for this decline - the poor quality of playing squad? The manager? A lack of young footballing talent? Well yes, probably, but no. One scapegoat is everyone's favourite robot dancing footballer, Peter Crouch.

The lanky striker was recently labelled 'the most hated Englishman in the history of Trinidad & Tobago' by former international Brent Sancho. The reason behind this hatred is Crouch apparently fouling Sancho by pulling on his dreadlocks to get above him and score the opening goal for England against the Caribbeans with eight minutes remaining in their 2006 World Cup group clash.

Crouch, in case you're interested, wasnt particularly bothered by the snub, tweeting: "I'll holiday elsewhere this year." While Sancho, also if you're interested, has moved on from football and into politics, and is currently Minister of Sport for Trinidad & Tobago.

Manager: Stephen Hart

Former Trinidad & Tobago international Stephen Hart has been in charge of the nation since June 2013. Capped seven times by his native country in the 1980s, Hart spent the majority of his playing career in his homeland with Texaco and San Fernando Strikers. He moved to Canada to study at St Mary's University in Halifax where he played for their football side, the Huskies, before finishing his career at those well known Canadian giants Halifax King of Donair.

His managerial career has been more fruitful, managing the Canadian national side for three years before moving on to his native side, following more than five years working with various junior Canadian teams.

He's got a decent record with Trinidad & Tobago, with nine wins, six draws and four defeats in 19 games in charge.

Key Man: Kenwyne Jones

National captain Kenwyne Jones is the most experienced player in the current squad and by far and away their best player.

Jones' tally of 18 goals in 70 appearances for the national side means he has scored three times more goals for the country than ant other player in the Gold Cup squad - and the rest of the 23-man squad combined have only scored 23 goals between them.

Squad Members:

Aside from Jones you'd be hard pushed to recognise too many of the current Trinidad & Tobago crop. 30-year-old Andre Boucaud plies his trade in League 2 with Dagenham & Redbridge and is somewhat of a lower league journeyman, Khaleem Hyland plays for Belgian top flight side Genk, while midfielder Joevin Jones is in his first season in the MLS with Chicago Fire.

Hart has made an interesting decision to only pick six defenders and overloaded on nine midfielders. Here's their 23-man squad for the Gold Cup.

Goalkeepers: Jan-Michael Williams (Central), Marvin Phillip (Point Fortin Civic), Adrian Foncette (Police)

Defenders: Daneil Cyrus (Ha Noi T&T), Radanfah Abu Bakr (Kogr), Aubrey David (Jaro), Sheldon Bateau (Mechelen), Mekeil Williams (Antigua), Yohance Marshall (Juventud Independiente), Dwayne James (North East Stars)

Midfielders: Khaleem Hyland (Racing Genk), Joevin Jones (Chicago Fire), Ataullah Guerra (Central), Lester Peltier (Slovan Bratislava), Andre Boucaud (Dagenham & Redbridge), Kevan George (Columbus Crew), Cordell Cato (San Jose Earthquakes), Keron Cummings (North East Stars), Kadeem Corbin (St. Ann's Rangers)

Forwards: Kenwyne Jones (Cardiff City), Willis Plaza (Central), Rundell Winchester (Portland Timbers), Jonathan Glenn (IBV)

Chances of Winning:

Slim to none of winning it, but they should be setting their sights on third place in their group, which contains Mexico, Guatemala and Cuba. Third place could lead to qualification to the knockout stages, where anything can happen.