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Boucaud: It would be a dream to play in Copa America

15:12 10 November 2014

Dagenham & Redbridge's Andre Boucaud is on international duty (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO)

Dagenham & Redbridge's Andre Boucaud is on international duty (pic: Dave Simpson/TGSPHOTO)

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Daggers midfielder hoping to help Trinidad & Tobago win Carribean Cup

Dagenham & Redbridge midfielder Andre Boucaud is excited about the prospect of potentially helping Trinidad & Tobago win the Caribbean Cup Finals and in the process qualify for the 2016 Copa America.

The 30-year-old has travelled to Jamaica for the eight-team tournament and the winners of the competition will qualify for the Copa America in two years time.

Soca Warriors will play three group matches against Curacao, French Guiana and Cuba, taking place over the next week.

And if Boucaud’s country can top their group they will qualify for the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup and potentially qualify for the 2016 Copa America if they win the whole tournament.

The Daggers ace concedes it would be a “dream” to play alongside some South American giants.

“It is international football so it is not something I can turn down,” said Boucaud.

“I am looking forward to the Caribbean Cup and hopefully we go and get some good results and push on.

“It is a huge competition the Copa America and if we win this tournament obviously we qualify for the 2016 Copa America.

“That would be great because the likes of Brazil, Argentina and Colombia are in that and it would be a dream to play in that competition.”

Boucaud is disappointed to be missing club matches for Dagenham – he is unavailable for this weekend’s league trip to AFC Wimbledon and expected to miss the FA Cup replay with Southport on November 18.

And the Daggers midfielder acknowledged that he’ll find himself out of the side, should the players replacing him help the club pick up some positives results over the next few games.

He added: “This is why we have squads and why we have a lot of players for in my position.

“Whoever comes in, if they perform, will deserve to keep their place.

“If I go away and the boys get good results and the players in my position perform then I have just got to wait my chance and wait my turn.”

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