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Yorke, Latapy Drop National Teams

June 29, 2001

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (AP) _ Manchester United’s Dwight Yorke and Trinidad and Tobago captain Russell Latapy retired from the national team after they were dropped from this weekend’s World Cup qualifier.

In a joint statement Thursday, the pair thanked coaches, officials, and fans, but said growing and conflicting demands from their clubs and the national team had become too hectic.

Latapy has just signed with Glasgow Rangers, the team of U.S. captain Claudio Reyna.

``We believe that this is in the best interest of all concerned, and want to thank the fans in particular for their support over the years, and wish the national team every success in all their endeavors,″ the pair said.

After the two missed practice Wednesday, new coach Rene Simoes dropped Yorke and Latapy from the roster for Saturday’s qualifier against Jamaica.

Trinidad is last in the finals of the North and Central American and Caribbean region at 0-4-1, and coach Ian Porterfield was fired last week and replaced by Simoes, Jamaica’s coach during the 1998 World Cup.

Jamaica (1-2-2) is fourth in the six-nation finals, which will produce three qualifiers for next year’s tournament in Japan and South Korea.

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