Rangers star's World Cup dream already hanging by a thread after latest defeat
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Rangers star's World Cup dream hanging by a thread after featuring in loss

Rangers star Kemar Roofe’s World Cup dream is hanging by a thread after he featured in another qualifying defeat for Jamaica.

Roofe was eligible to represent both England and Jamaica but eventually chose the Caribbean island nation earlier this year.

Roofe chose Jamaica to pursue his dream of playing at a World Cup. (Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images)

He made his debut in a 3-0 defeat to Panama in Kingston last month and earned his second cap as a substitute against the USA in Texas overnight.

It was always likely to be a big challenge for the Reggae Boyz against the Stars and Stripes – who are ranked 46 places above them in the FIFA World Rankings – and so it proved.

Roofe was introduced off the bench in the 61st minute with his side already 1-0 down courtesy of a Ricardo Pepi strike and the hosts doubled their lead just a minute after he entered the fray, with Pepi grabbing his second.

Jamaica manager Theodore Whitmore made several more changes in an attempt to get his side back into the game, but there would be no further goals as the visitors fell to a 2-0 defeat.

Ricardo Pepi (no.16) scored both goals as the USA comfortably defeated Jamaica. (Photo by Wilf Thorne/ISI Photos/Getty Images)

The chance to try and reach Qatar 2022 was part of the motivation behind the 28-year-old Ger declaring for Jamaica, but their qualifying campaign could barely have got off to a worse start.

After four rounds of matches, Roofe and co. sit bottom of the eight-team final CONCACAF qualifying group with just a solitary point to their name.

Next up, they host an undefeated Canada side before taking on fellow strugglers Honduras in San Pedro Sula.

The top three sides qualify for the World Cup, while the fourth-placed nation will take part in inter-confederation play-offs.

Roofe is far from the only Rangers star to taste disappointment on international duty this week, with footage showing one of his Ibrox teammates committing a costly error in an embarrassing defeat.

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