Hawks’ Ronayne Marsh-Brown has been called up to the Guyana squad for the first time.

The Golden Jaguars have announced a 23-man squad for the CONCACAF Nations League match with Barbados this week. “I’m absolutely buzzing. I found out a week ago I was in the squad but had to keep it quiet until it was all announced,” said a delighted Ronayne. “At the age of 33 you don’t expect to get a call up. It’s a massive shock, and I’m quite nervous to be fair.”

Guyana manager is former Derby and Birmingham defender Michael Johnson, who is based in England. He has supplemented his squad with players from the UK, including former Crystal Palace midfielder Neil Danns, currently at Bury and the Wealdstone defender Sam Cox. Johnson has told Marsh-Brown that he sees him providing some solidity at left-back, as well as being a help to the rest of the squad. “I feel fit and that I can contribute to the team as a whole with my experience,” Marsh-Brown added.

Marsh-Brown joined the Hawks this season and has been a regular fixture in the team, alongside his brothers Ky and Kwai. Ky made his England C international debut last season. Ronayne’s third brother Keanu, a professional footballer with Newport County in League 2, has appeared for England U16 and U17 as well as England C.

Guyana are one of three South American nations who are members of the Caribbean Football Union of CONCACAF, which is the governing body for football in North and Central America, as well as the Caribbean. “Guyana is where my Mum is from,” Marsh-Brown explained, “as well as other members of my family, including my Grandad who passed away recently. It will be a real honour to pull on the shirt. My aim is to impress, for the team to go through and then get called up for the next match, which is against Mexico. Now that really would be special.”