Report: Bailey pulls out of Jamaica squad over brother

Highly-rated Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey pulled out of the Jamaica side that beat Bonaire 6-0 last Saturday reportedly because his brother Kyle Butler was not chosen in the squad.

The forward appeared set to commit his international future to Jamaica, after previously saying he wanted to play for Germany.

Bailey had turned down previous calls to join the Reggae Boyz squad citing the fact he was interested in representing Die Mannschaft.

However, it seemed he had changed his mind after honouring the latest call-up he received from the nation of his birth.

The 21-year-old flew out for Jamaica's game against Bonaire in the CONCACAF Nations League Qualifier last weekend, but pulled out of the squad allegedly due to his sibling not being selected.

The player was previously said not to be keen to play for the Caribbean island nation due to concerns about the standard, as well as issues he reportedly experienced with the Jamaican Football Association.

As such, it appears further issues have arisen with the Jamaica Gleaner suggesting it was around his brother's non-selection. His brother plays for FC Juniors in Austria's second tier.

Bailey told the publication: "Obviously, I came to Jamaica because of the international call-up. I did agree to come based on the agreement we had. But when I got here, it was a totally different scenario.

"They didn’t keep their end (of the deal), therefore, I decided not to play this game. I am here for one reason: to represent the country. But they (JFF) didn’t keep their end. Once they are willing to do that, I am ready to put on the national team jersey.

"So if they can’t help me, I won’t be able to help them. It is in their hands. Once they do what they are supposed to, come November, I can represent the country. So I hope they rethink and be clever. I want to represent the country. It’s in their hands to make it happen."

In 2017/18 the talented star recorded nine goals and six assists for Leverkusen in 30 Bundesliga appearances. In 2018/19 he has started slowly with just one goal in seven matches.