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Michael Hector says international experience with Jamaica can only benefit Charlton midfielder Karoy Anderson

Michael Hector says that featuring for the Jamaican national side will only help Charlton midfielder Karoy Anderson grow.

The Addicks duo travelled to the USA during the international break to represent their country in the latter stages of the CONCAF Nations League.

The Reggae Boyz beat Panama in the third place play-off last Sunday, having lost a semi-final to eventual winners USA the previous Thursday – with both fixtures played at the 100,000 capacity AT&T Stadium in Texas.

Hector played the full 90 minutes in each game, with 19-year-old Anderson introduced as a substitute in both.

Hector explained: “The quality of players at Jamaica – they’ve played Premier League and Championship – to learn of those type of midfielders is only going to benefit [Anderson].

“The quality that he has to bring into training is maybe a little bit higher than what happens at Charlton. He’s learning how to cope with that and deal with that. He’s taking that into his stride. I could tell the first day I saw him that he had quality. He just has to keep his head down and work hard and that’s what he’s been doing. You can see that his performances are getting better every game.

“He’s got a lot of trust from the manager [Heimir Hallgrímsson], playing ahead of a few players who play at a higher level. The manger thinks very highly of him and the country does. He’s a great kid and he’s been doing really well.

“It was unbelievable to play in that type of arena. To play against some quality players. It was good to test yourself and to perform well as a country. It was the first time a Caribbean side finished third so it’s important to kick on from that for my country. But the main thing now with my club is to finish strong for the season.”


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