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Houston Dynamo ace Barnes excited ahead of 'second biggest tournament' in world football

Giles Barnes cannot wait to compete in what he describes as the 'second biggest tournament' in world football.

The Houston Dynamo star is preparing with the Jamaican team for the 2015 Copa America which kicks off in Chile on June 11 and is eagerly anticipating being a part of such an event.

"It's probably the second biggest tournament in the world. It's something I grew up watching as a kid, the Copa América, and it's going to be a fantastic experience for me and family who will be there," Barnes told MLSsoccer.com.

"I can't wait to get going."

Despite having made just two international appearances for Jamaica, the former Derby County, West Bromwich Albion and Doncaster Rovers forward is not shying away from the challenge of taking on such stars as Luis Suarez and Sergio Aguero.

"At the end of the day I've always believed in my ability to play at any level so I'm going in full of confidence," Barnes added.

"Obviously playing well for club and scoring for club puts you in a good place going into big tournaments. You're playing against great players but at the end of the day you have nothing to fear. You've got to take it all in stride and it's about coming in and trying to do what I'm doing."

The Reggae Boyz have been drawn alongside Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay in Group B with their opening fixture against reigning champions the Uruguayans in Antofagasta on June 13.

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