ACCRINGTON Stanley striker Lutel James has put his club first and turned down the chance to play in two World Cup qualifiers for St Kitts-Nevis.
The 32-year-old was asked to add to his seventh cap in their FIFA 2006 World Cup qualifiers against Trinidad and Tobago in St Kitts tomorrow and against St Vincent and The Grenadine on Wednesday.
It meant he would miss Saturday's home game against Woking but he has decided to give his all for Stanley and refused the chance in a lifetime.
"I am just going to get my head down and concentrate on playing for Accrington," said the striker, who has scored two goals this season but was on the bench for Tuesday night's 1-0 win over York City.
"It has been a hard decision and a tough one to make - but I won't let it affect me tomorrow whether I start or not.
"There are family commitments and things like that and in the end, I just decided not to go," said James whose girlfriend is expecting a baby soon.
"It is frustrating but they have asked if they can consider me for a game against Mexico in October and I will see what happens.
"But the time is not right at the moment. I am just concentrating on the club. I have got to get my priorities right and so I am willing to miss out this time.
"I was disappointed to be on the bench on Tuesday especially as I felt Lee McEvilly and I had been at our most creative on Saturday and did well but I will keep giving 100 per cent and just keep going."
Manager John Coleman said: "It would have been a nice trip for him and a feather in the cap for the club but he has commitments at home and the time wasn't right for him.
"It is hard to make changes to a winning side but it doesn't mean Lutel won't play on Saturday."
James will be hoping he gets a starring role as he enjoyed playing against the Cards last season. He scored a hat-trick against them at home and grabbed one in the away fixture in the drew draws.
Meanwhile defender Jonathan Smith is waiting to hear if his loan spell at Barrow has been extended.
He plays the last game of his one-month loan at the Conference North side on Saturday against Stalybridge Celtic but he has done well for his new club.
He has been made captain, been Man of the Match in three games out of five and scored one goal from a set-piece.
"It has gone well," admitted Smith, who is still training full time with the Reds "I don't know if it will be extended but I am feeling the benefits of full-time training now in the games.
"Hopefully, I will get a chance to come back to Accrington and prove myself there."
Steve Flitcroft is on a three month loan at Barrow.