MIAMI, Florida - As a former Barbados international, Emmerson Boyce is all smiles when speaking about the future of football in his country.
"I look at it now and there has been a lot of progress through the Barbados Football Association, through CONCACAF," said Boyce in an exclusive interview with CONCACAF.com from the 2018 Scotiabank CONCACAF League Draw in Miami, Florida.
"Everyone is trying to bring the standards of football up, so it was a great honor to play for my country and to captain my country," added Boyce.
In particular, the former Wigan Athletic DF, who won the 2013 FA Cup with the Latics, praised the initiative undertaken by CONCACAF in its implementation of the CONCACAF Nations League.
"We have talented players in the Caribbean region and CONCACAF are giving them the pathways to get to Europe, so the Nations League is a great idea and raising the standards of football. It's going to be good, it's going to be exciting, it's going to be more competition with teams facing each other and I'm looking forward to when it starts," said Boyce.
Boyce appeared in 12 matches with Barbados, starting with his debut in 2006.
Since his retirement from the international game, he has seen Barbados continue to improve and there is a belief that one day soon that the Bajan Tridents can join the likes of other CONCACAF nations that have qualified for a World Cup.
"Barbados have a great program at the moment. Barbados is trying to develop some good players and the National League gives them exposure to play against different teams, I think they'll do well and one day the hope is that Barbados can follow the footsteps of countries like Honduras and other Central American sides that have made it to the World Cup," concluded Boyce.