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Leeds star Rudolph Austin named in Jamaica squad ahead of Copa America

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Leeds United star Rudolph Austin has been named in Jamaica's preliminary squad for Copa America.

Jamaica have announced their preliminary squad for the 2015 Copa America tournament - and Leeds United midfielder Rudolph Austin has unsurprisingly been selected.

Austin, 29, is currently the captain of the Jamaican national team, and could have a big summer ahead of him with two major tournaments on the horizon.

The first will see Jamaica take part in Copa America as a 'guest' nation in June, before moving on to play in the CONCACAF Gold Cup in July.

With just one month to go until Jamaica's opening game at Copa America, Winfried Schafer has named his preliminary 30-man squad for the competition.

Captain Austin is in there, along with familiar faces such as Wes Morgan, Adrian Mariappa, Michael Hector, Jobi McAnuff, Garath McCleary, Simon Dawkins and Giles Barnes.

That means Austin will be away in Chile for a period of time next month, rather than resting up after a long season - something Leeds may not be too keen on.

Yet with Jamaica in Group B alongside Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay, Austin could be going up against the likes of Lionel Messi, Angel Di Maria, Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani and Roque Santa Cruz - with Jamaica unsurprisingly considered as minnows in the competition.

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