Sheffield Wednesday: JJ hits World Cup trail

Jermaine Johnson gets in a shot in the Owls' final game of the season, against Middlesbrough

Jermaine Johnson gets in a shot in the Owls' final game of the season, against Middlesbrough

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Jermaine Johnson’s future may be in doubt but he has already got his important summer up and running.

The Wednesday forward has launched into action with Jamaica’s squad as they prepare for three World Cup qualifiers in June.

There seemed some uncertainty about his fitness after he picked up a hamstring injury and came back to play an influential part in the Owls’ survival-clinching win against Middlesbrough but only lasted until half time.

Johnson, however, played as a 66th minute sub against Spurs in a friendly in the Bahamas on Thursday and will be involved in a final warm-up game, against the Bahamas national team next Friday.

Then the Reggae Boyz’ World Cup games will come against Mexico and the USA in Kingston, on June 4 and 7, and away to Honduras on June 11.

Johnson, who has a new contract offer from the Owls on the table, broke back into the Jamaica side this season.

He is said to have livened up the Spurs match with some typically incisive runs.

The two friendlies are part of a 12-day training camp for a 26-man Jamaica squad in the Bahamas.

They will fly to their home country on June 2 to prepare for the qualifiers and try to keep alive their hopes of reaching the finals in Brazil next year. Currently they are bottom of a six-man group after three games.

Former Owls left back Daniel Jones has welcomed a new, two-year deal with Port Vale.

He signed for them in January on a short-term contract after being released by the Owls, and helped them win promotion from League Two.

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