From King's Lynn to Grenada via Torquay - striker called up for World Cup CONCACAF qualifier against El Salvador
Striker Kairo Mitchell will put his National League education on hold later this month after being called up for the Grenada World Cup squad.
Mitchell is available for Lynn’s visit of high-flying Hartlepool tomorrow night and for the trip to third-placed Torquay on Saturday before he experiences a journey of a different kind compared to a five-hour coach journey to Plainmoor.
The 23-year-old will board a plane heading for El Salvador, via Mexico, to resume his international career with the Spice Boys for a CONCACAF World Cup qualifying game on March 25.
Reflecting on his latest call-up, Mitchell revealed: “We have two games, but only one I am allowed to play in because of Covid regulations.
“I will be flying out on the 21st and back on 29th. It is an honour. They (El Salvador) will be a good team, strong.
“Obviously it is a different style of play that I will have to get used to but it will be enjoyable.
“I have played previously, the Grenada national team is one that is developing and is developing well and it is under new management under Michael Findlay, a Canadian coach who has just come in.
“He has been looking to get a few of the UK-based players out there so he can look at the himself and I have been fortunate to be called up so he can do that.”
Leicester-based Mitchell has found himself in and out of the side in the last few weeks as manager Ian Culverhouse juggles with the players at his disposal after losing the bulk of his squad through a combination of injuries and furlough.
And it doesn’t get any easier as Hartlepool, seven games unbeaten, make their first-ever visit to The Walks tonight.
“Everyone wants to play football at the end of the day,” he said.
“That was going around the changing room – are we going to continue and keep playing and obviously since we have been told that is the case and we are going to continue, everyone has been happy for that.”
Despite the current testing circumstances, Mitchell admitted that morale remains good in the camp – as the Linnets proved with another battling display against league leaders Sutton United on Saturday.
“It’s as good as it can be,” he said.
“We are here to focus on playing football. It is difficult, I’m not going to lie to you and say it isn’t, but we are here to play football. What we do on the pitch is all that matters really.
“It is a short squad, not many bodies around us at the minute. All the boys are doing their best to keep themselves fit and able to give the team 100pc when they are called on.”
Going into tomorrow night’s game, Luke Armstrong heads the Hartlepool goalscoring charts with nine goals having signed on loan from Salford City in December – making his debut against Lynn and scoring both goals in the 2-0 defeat.