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Mariappa Heading To Copa America

3 June 2015

Adrian Mariappa has been confirmed in the Jamaica squad that will compete in the upcoming Copa America tournament later this month.

The Eagles defender has been named in the Reggae Boyz's final 23-man squad for the competition in Chile which gets underway on 11th June.

Jamaica were invited to participate in the South American showpiece tournament as guests alongside Mexico, but have been drawn in a tough group including Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay.

Their campaign kicks off against holders Uruguay on 12th June, and after dealing with Barcelona striker Luis Suarez Mariappa could then face his teammate Lionel Messi when they face Argentina a week later.

In between those games is a match against Paraguay on 16th June, but with the best two third-placed teams in the group stages advancing to the quarter-finals Mariappa's side could well make to the knockout stages.

They will also compete in the CONCACAF Gold Cup later in the summer when North America’s finest sides do battle in their continental competition.

Should Mariappa feature in both tournaments then it would mean that Palace have been represented in the last five major international tournaments across the world.

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