The 31-year-old started up front alongside Kemar Roofe in the Reggae Boyz’s second World Cup qualifying fixture against Panama, in which they fell to a 3-0 defeat.
Despite being born in England, Antonio was approached to represent Jamaica in February and said to be passionate about helping the country to try and reach its first World Cup since 1998.
After receiving his Jamaican passport in August, he finally made his national debut on Sunday, with Reading’s Liam Moore, Brentford’s Ethan Pinnock and Derby County’s Ravel Marrison also starting.
Andres Andrade, Rolanda Blackburn and Cecilio Waterman were the goalscorers to hand Thomas Christiansen’s side their first win of the qualifying campaign, whilst Antonio’s Jamaica sit rock bottom of the group with two defeats in two after Friday’s 2-1 loss in Mexico.
With Antonio’s worrying track record of hamstring injuries in recent years, West Ham will hope that their striker returns to England fully fit and ready to go for the resumption of club action.
West Ham fans share worries about Antonio
After the club tweeted about Antonio starting for Jamaica prior to kick-off, these West Ham fans replied with worry over him possibly picking up yet another injury.
“Cheers, was about to sleep and now all I can think of is hamstrings”
“Please don’t get injured… Please don’t get injured… Please don’t get injured… Please don’t get injured…”
“Please don’t get hurt”
“Thousands of West Ham fans getting no sleep now worrying about his hamstrings”
“Mind them hammys Micky”
“I feel a hamstring injury there”
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