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UPDATED: 08:11, March 01, 2006
Captaincy icing on the cake for Yorke
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When Dwight Yorke leads Trinidad & Tobago out for their first game at the World Cup finals in June, the former Manchester United striker will regard it as his finest moment.

The 34-year-old is relishing captaining the Soca Warriors at the finals in Germany, and rates the prospect more satisfying than his 1999 European Cup final triumph in United's treble-winning season.

"This will be the icing on the cake for me, when I lead out my country for the opening game against Sweden," Yorke told reporters on Monday. Trinidad play Iceland in a World-Cup warm-up friendly in London on Tuesday.

"When I won the treble at Manchester United it was a special moment and something I'll always cherish. However, at 34, when you are going into the twilight of your career, to play in a World Cup is something I'm very excited about."

Yorke, currently playing for Australian side Sydney, recently trained with United and said he may keep fit with Alex Ferguson's side when the Australian season ends next week. Yorke, who also had spells in the Premier League with Aston Villa, Blackburn Rovers and Birmingham City, could also link up with an English club again before the start of the World Cup.

"The fact the Australian season finishes this weekend means that I'll be without a club for two-and-a-half months," said the player who came out of international retirement to captain his country to the finals.

"I have the option to train with Manchester United, but I need games as well.

"I still have another year with Sydney so it is something that I will be discussing with my manager. We will be looking at every possibility."

Trinidad are the smallest nation to ever qualify for the World Cup finals and have been drawn with the Swedes, England and Paraguay.

"I don't need to tell the other players what this is all about," added Yorke, stressing that the Caribbean country would not just make up the numbers.

"We are not turning up to be the whipping boys of the tournament. We are there to make sure that teams take us seriously."

Trinidad play England on June 15, a fixture that has excited the whole squad.

"The coach says that it is just 11 versus 11 and we will be fully prepared for the game.

"I'm sure there is a lot of extra incentive for the players who play in the lower divisions here in England.

"They might not have had the opportunity to come up against Steven Gerrard or David Beckham. I've been fortunate because I have and, as leader of the team I can tell you that we will cherish the experience for the rest of our lives."

Source: China Daily


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