UNITED BLASTED BUT YORKE PLAYS
By Adam Marshall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Trinidad and Tobago face Jamaica in an important World Cup qualifier next week, and they want the former Aston Villa striker to lead the attack.
Yorke, desperate to keep both parties happy, is believed to have pleaded with coach Ian Porterfield to allow him special dispensation to stay in England, face Arsenal at Old Trafford and miss the training camp and build-up to the international fixture.
Sir Alex Ferguson has reportedly promised that Yorke will start in the top-of-the-table clash on Sunday, despite being largely overlooked in recent weeks. In-form Andy Cole is out through suspension, following his sending off against Sunderland.
The 29-year-old will now only link up with his international colleagues on Monday afternoon, with the qualifier taking place in Kingston on the Wednesday.
However, Trinidadian Warner is not happy at the latest row, which also involves Burnley and their powerful defender Ian Cox.
The Clarets face Huddersfield Town, and they wanted Cox made available for selection, but the former Bournemouth man is understood to have travelled to the Cayman Islands instead to train with the rest of the Trinidad and Tobago squad.
"English clubs have no respect for us here in Trinidad and Tobago," stormed Warner. "Fifa rules say that players must be released five days before a Fifa-sanctioned international match and that is all we requested.
"It should not reach to decisions like these. It is a World Cup qualifier and all countries should have their best players available."
Fulham`s Barry Hayles has, as expected, been included in the Jamaican squad for the first time.