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Petrasso, Carreiro to be in Canada's squad vs Australia

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QPR's official site gets the ball rolling on announcing Canada's squad for the friendly in a couple of weeks.

Dylan Carreiro
Dylan Carreiro
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Benito Floro hasn't announced the squad he'll be using to take on Australia in London on October 15th, that'll be coming soon enough. Often a few names dribble out before the official announcement, whether via the players themselves or their clubs and we have the first of those names now.

Queens Park Rangers' website announced this morning that Dylan Carreiro and Michael Petrasso have been called up for what will be their first senior camp after representing Canada at different age levels including the U20 world Cup qualifiers earlier this year and most recently at the COTIF U-20 tournament in Spain.  Both players were of course with TFC's academy before they made the move to England via the CSL's SC Toronto after falling out of favour with Aron Winter due to wanting to keep their options open rather than committing to the club. This May they signed professional terms with QPR and have progressed to their Elite Development Squad, an under 21 team managed by Canadian Marc Bircham, Petrasso recently scoring the winner for that team against Charlton.

It makes a lot of sense for them to be included for this game as Floro is clearly using the first few friendlies of his regime to get a look at a lot of different players and they both play in London, with QPR being merely a few miles away from Craven Cottage where the game will be played.

This is of course a FIFA international date so most players should be available to Floro to choose, though as it's just a friendly I'm sure there'll be the usual negotiations and bargains with clubs, and more than likely this will be a heavily European based squad when it is finally announced.

One other QPR player conspicuous by his absence in this release, Junior Hoillett, but then I've pretty much stopped hoping for that one.