Canada names 2022 FIFA World Cup squad


Canada males’s senior soccer staff head coach John Herdman has named the 26 gamers he feels are greatest match to symbolize the nation on the FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

There had been no main surprises because the main names in Alphonso Davies, Jonathan David, and Atiba Hutchinson, amongst others, had been all included. Perhaps the most important query moving into was concerning defender Doneil Henry who picked up an harm whereas warming up for Canada’s pleasant match in opposition to Bahrain on Friday, Nov. 11 and he’ll now miss the World Cup due to it.

The squad contains three goalkeepers, seven defenders, eight midfielders, and eight forwards. This previous June, FIFA confirmed that squads can embody 26 gamers as a substitute of the customary 23, accommodating for the truth that this World Cup is being held in the course of the membership soccer season versus the same old summer time break. Potential last-minute absences as a consequence of COVID-19 are additionally an element.

It was really a staff effort to get to Qatar as 39 gamers contributed to Canada’s World Cup qualifying run so spare a thought for individuals who didn’t make the reduce as all of them had a component to play in making this historic moment doable. Some may have missed out on their final probability at a World Cup whereas others face the prospect of getting to show themselves over the subsequent 4 years and hope they get a chance in 2026, when Canada will likely be hosts alongside the U.S. and Mexico.

Defender Scott Kennedy picked up a shoulder harm on Oct. 29 in motion for Regensburg of Germany’s second-tier league Bundesliga 2 and was dominated out for the World Cup, as was goalkeeper Maxime Crepeau, who suffered a right-leg fracture on Nov. 5 whereas representing Los Angeles FC within the MLS Cup closing.

Kennedy has eight caps for Canada and has been an integral piece in serving to construct the robust staff tradition Herdman has sought whereas Crepeau was set to be Canada’s No. 2 goalkeeping possibility behind Milan Borjan till the harm. Crepeau underwent profitable surgical procedure on Nov. 6.

Canada certified for this World Cup by ending first forward of each Mexico and the U.S. out of the CONCACAF area, scoring essentially the most objectives and conceding the fewest as effectively.

Belgium, a severe contender for the trophy, will likely be Canada’s first Group F opponent on Nov. 23, adopted by Croatia on Nov. 27, and Morocco on Dec. 1. The total World Cup is being aired on CTV and TSN.


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 mortgage), 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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