Trinidad qualified for the Gold Cup for the first time since the 2007 edition, finishing as runner-up to Cuba in the 2012 Caribbean Cup after dropping a 1-0 decision in the final.
Co-head coach Hutson Charles wants to see each member of his 19-man squad compete for places in the biennial confederation championship with a good showing against Belize.
"This game is a good opportunity for the players to go out there and perform, not only to try and bring home a good result for the country but to also try and stake a claim for themselves for the final squad that will be going to the Gold Cup," Charles told TTFF Media. "The game itself is one we will be using to see how some of the new players coming back into the squad fit into our plans and then we will know how we can move forward from here."
North East Stars striker Cornell Glen, hoping to add to his international goal tally of 35, will get his first chance to appear for the national team since November 2010 in a Caribbean Cup encounter against Martinique.
"It's good to be back in the national team," commented Glen, who has 62 caps. "It's always a privilege to wear the national colours."
"Personally I will like to get among the goals again but most importantly I want to bring something to the team that can help take us back up because we've been suffering for some time. The team did good at the Caribbean Cup and now I want to be part of the effort to lift the level, especially in our attacking play as we look ahead to the Gold Cup."
Belize qualified for its first Gold Cup after finishing fourth in January's UNCAF Copa Centroamericana. The Belizeans got their first-ever Copa Centroamericana win after 23 attempts by defeating Nicaragua 2-1 in the group phase, before losing to Honduras 1-0 in the third place match.
"The Belize team is very excited about this game," said Dean Flowers, Belize's team manager. "We had some pretty good performances in the UNCAF tournament and now we want to put on a good show and get a good result at home against Trinidad and Tobago.
Trinidad & Tobago
Roster for friendly v Belize (March 23, 2013)
Goalkeepers: Marvin Phillip (Central FC), Cleon John (North East Stars)
Defenders: Curtis Gonzales (Defence Force), Daneil Cyrus (W Connection), Carlyle Mitchell (FC Edmonton/Canada), Kareem Moses (North East Stars), Aubrey David (Caledonia AIA)
Midfielders: Chris Birchall (Port Vale/England), Densill Theobald (Caledonia AIA), Keyon Edwards (Caledonia AIA), Keon Daniel (Philadelphia Union/USA), Joevin Jones (W Connection), Kevon Carter (Defence Force), Jason Marcano (Central FC), Marcus Joseph (Point Fortin Civic Centre), Darren Mitchell (Central FC)
Forwards: Devorn Jorsling (Defence Force), Cornell Glen (North East Stars), Kenwyne Jones (Stoke City/England)