Canada Coach John Herdman : Canada men’s national football team head coach John Herdman announced his final 26-man squad list for the 2022 FIFA World Cup on Sunday.
The coach highlighted the importance of unity for his team as they prepare to contest the second ever FIFA World Cup in Canada’s football history.
“I think it’s our X-factor in this World Cup,” Herdman said. “I made a conscious decision in the selection – there were over 40 players I could’ve chosen – I made it clear that those 26 had to be brothers.” ohn Herdman said.
“They had to be people who contributed, who we could rely on and I think this journey’s shown that. You never know what’s around the corner and every single one of them may have to step up and when they step up they’ve got to be trusted.
“That trust is not my trust, it’s not about what Herdman trusts in a player, it’s about what they trust in each other.” he added.
The list includes Bayern Munich’s Alphonso Davies whose fitness for Canada’s first game Belgium on November 23rd is still in doubt as he works to shake off a hamstring injury.
CANADA SQUAD IN FULL :
Goalkeepers (3): Milan Borjan (Red Star Belgrade), Dayne St. Clair (Minnesota United), James Pantemis (CF Montreal).
Defenders (7): Steven Vitoria (Chaves), Alistair Johnston (CF Montreal), Richie Laryea (Nottingham Forest/Toronto FC on loan), Kamal Miller (CF Montreal), Sam Adekugbe (Hatayspor), Joel Waterman (CF Montreal), Derek Cornelius (Panetolikos).
Midfielders (8): Atiba Hutchinson (Besiktas), Jonathan Osorio (Toronto FC), Stephen Eustaquio (FC Porto), Liam Fraser (Deinze), Samuel Piette (CF Montreal), Mark-Anthony Kaye (Toronto FC), Ismael Kone (CF Montreal), David Wotherspoon (St. Johnstone FC).
Forwards (8): Alphonso Davies (Bayern Munich), Jonathan David (Lille), Cyle Larin (Club Brugge), Ike Ugbo (Troyes), Lucas Cavallini (Vancouver Whitecaps), Tajon Buchanan (Club Brugge), Junior Hoilett (Reading), Liam Millar (Basel).
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