Trinidad and Tobago will not be going to next year's World Cup in Russia, regardless of the outcome of the final qualifier against the United States on Tuesday.
And not the country loses its position as the smallest country to ever have qualified for the World Cup.
The kudos now go to Iceland.
Iceland beat Kosovo 2-0 in Reykjavik on Monday to confirm their position as Group I winners in UEFA qualifying and become the smallest nation ever to reach a FIFA World Cup, a ranking held by T&T until now.
Selectors have included four newcomers in the West Indies 15-man squad for the ICC Women’s World Cup starting next month in England.
Teenaged T&T Reniece Boyce and Felicia Walters, along with Quiana Joseph and Akeira Peters, will join an otherwise experienced unit for the June 24 to July 25 campaign.
Also, four players from T&T are in the squad - Merissa Aguilleira, who led T&T the just concluded regional Super50 women championships, Felicia Walter, ace spinner Aisa Mohammed and Boyce. Stafanie Taylor will lead the squad again.
While keeping one eye on the crucial need for points, the Soca Warriors will have another concern when they face the United States in a CONCACAF World Cup qualifier on June 8th, that of thin air.
The U.S. Soccer Federation has finalised its decision to play its June 8 qualifier against Trinidad and Tobago at Commerce City, Colorado.
Head coach Dennis Lawrence says T&T’s celebrations over the Panama victory will be short-lived, as the side must now focus all their attention on Tuesday’s massive clash against Mexico at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Mucurapo.
The hosts revived their 2018 World Cup dream when they edged Panama 1-0 at the Hasely Crawford Stadium on Friday night, marking their first win of the campaign after losing their opening two games against Costa Rica and Honduras last November.
The FIFA Council has rubber-stamped plans to expand the World Cup to 48 teams from 2026 onwards, adding 16 extra nations.
FIFA president Gianni Infantino's revamp plan received unanimous backing at a meeting in Zurich on Tuesday.
Delegates were asked to vote on four proposals to change the existing format or stick with the current format of 32 teams.
Head coach of the Soca Warriors, Stephen Hart has named a 23-man squad to face Costa Rica at home next Friday and Honduras away the following Tuesday.
The squad does not include prolific striker Kevin Molino, who is out for disciplinary reasons.
The names of the squad were announced at a news conference at 1pm this afternoon.
Goalkeepers: Marvin Phillip, Jan Michael Williams, Adrian Fondete
Defenders: Radanfah Abu Bakr, Sheldon Bateau, Yohance Marshall, Carlyle Mitchell, Aubrey David, Jelani Peters, Daniel Cyrus