Defence Force’s Curtis Gonzales stepped right up to the call from head coach Dennis Lawrence to perform centre back duties for this country in the two World Cup qualifiers against Panama and Mexico.
With 20 caps to his name, the former national under 20 player had not previously started any of T&T’s World Cup qualifying matches. But a strong showing in the preparations was enough for Lawrence to make his mind up.
“I was ready for the call and I am thankful for the coach showing faith in me,” Gonzales said.
“The first match was a delight for me because we got the victory. For me it was just about going out there, staying focused and carrying out the instructions. Coach was a soldier and I am a soldier and he was a defender just like I am so there was an understanding and generally a brotherhood among us in the team,” said the 28-year-old from Santa Cruz.
“It was disappointing not to hold on for a result against Mexico. We knew it would be tough but I think we give a strong performance and unfortunately it was not enough to get us a result. But we have to stay strong, keep the focus and look to pick up points in the next set of matches coming up,” he added.