Port Of Spain, Feb 28: "The esteem with which the Football Association in England regard football in the West Indies is reflected in the powerful side they have selected", declared Mr. Eric James, secretary of the Trinidad Football Association. He said this when news was received of the team the Football Association chose to tour the West Indies, in May, this year.
Mr. James said: "The display by the Trinidad team in England three years ago doubtlessly had much to do with it. Naturally, we are very happy, not for ourselves, but because we are confident that the tour will do Trinidad and West Indies football good.
"The value of the tour is not in whether Trinidad, or the West Indies win, but in the educational aspect, because we are bound to learn from the Engllshmen.
"It is a tour from which a West Indian Football Federation could be built and enable us to move on to the glorious heights attained by our cricketers.
"The future holds well for West Indian football unity, an item which has long been on the programme of the Trinidad Football Association."
Mr. James announced that 44 players have been invited to practise for the English tour.