Rodolph Austin set to face Lionel Messi in incredible showdown

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Leeds United star Rodolph Austin is set to captain Jamaica against Lionel Messi’s Argentina and Edinson Cavani’s Uruguay at next year's Copa America.

Jamaica, who won the Caribbean Cup trophy earlier this month, have been invited to take part in the tournament next summer and have been drawn in Group B against Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay.

Austin influence

Austin, who has become a fan favourite at Elland Road since joining in 2012, has earned 71 caps for his country, scoring on six occasions and netted the winning spot-kick for Jamaica as they beat Trinidad and Tobago 4-3 in a penalty shootout to win the Caribbean Cup.

Now, the central midfielder will face some of South America’s finest players including Barcelona icon Messi, Manchester United’s Angel Di Maria, Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero and PSG’s Cavani to name a few.

The draw for the group was made last night and Austin will be hoping that his country fares better than the last time they played Argentina, which was a 5-0 loss at the 1998 World Cup finals in France.

Jamaica boost

This will be the first time that the Caribbean country will take part in the tournament and although qualification to the knockout rounds looks unlikely for the team ranked 113th in the FIFA World rankings, playing against some of the best players in the world will be a fantastic tale for the Jamaican players.

Austin is not the only Jamaican to ply his trade in England, with players such as Simon Dawkins, Nyron Nosworthy and Leicester City captain Wes Morgan all playing in the top two tiers of English football.

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