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Predicting Canada’s World Cup Starting XI

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Who will start for Canada in their World Cup opener against China at Canada 2015?

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Monday marks Canada’s World Cup roster release. Entering the illustrious mind of John Herdman, I foreshadowed who I hope to see in Canada's starting eleven when the team kicks off the World Cup June 6 against China. For many players June marks the end of an era and will serve as their last World Cup.

Goalkeeper | Erin McLeod

The prominent choice between the sticks, McLeod has been Canada's starting keeper for over ten years. While Karina Leblanc is a strong contender at No. 2, look for McLeod to be called to lead the club in what could be her last World Cup.

Right-back | Rhian Wilkinson

Another veteran who could be playing in her last World Cup. Wilkinson has earned 163 caps for Canada and scored seven goals.

Centre-back | Lauren Sesselmann

Sesselmann is returning to form after missing thirteen months due to a torn ACL. Sesselmann is one of Canada’s best defender’s so her health going into the World Cup is important.

Centre-back Kadehisha Buchanan

The youngest member of the starting eleven, 19-year-old Kadehisha Buchanan has displayed toughness for Canada as well as collegiate level for West Virginia.

Left-back | Allysha Chapman

A recent addition Chapman made her first call up addition last November. Since then she’s been a mainstay on Canada’s roster with 9 starts.

Defensive-midfield | Desiree Scott

Scott’s nickname "Destroyer" tells you all you need to know. She’s a defensive midfielder who adds toughness to Herdman’s roster.

Centre-midfield | *Diana Matheson/Jessie Fleming

Matheson is currently nursing a torn ACL in her left knee so it's anyone's guess if she will back in time or not. If the Mississauga, ON, native isn't available to start look for 16-year-old midfielder Jessie Fleming to take her spot. Fleming has made 15 appearances for Canada and played in the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.

Centre-midfield | Sophie Schmidt

Schmidt will be a focal point to Canada's success. She's a strong midfielder who can play possession but is also a strong defender.

Attacking midfield | Jonelle Filigno

The only surprise choice in this lineup would be Filigno. The 24-year-old midfielder primarily comes on as a substitute for Canada but look for her to fill a bigger role come June.

Forward | Adriana Leon

Leon is poised to replace Melissa Tancredi as the starting forward paired up front with Sinclair. Leon has showed promise as Canada’s next great forward and will also be looking to have a break-out campaign. Canadian supporters can rest assure their in good hands with Leon in the starting eleven.

Striker | Christine Sinclair

There's no doubt Christine Sinclair will start at striker for Canada. The greatest player in Canadian history she's earned 226 caps and has tallied 153 goals. 2015 may also mark the last World Cup for Sinclair and she’s looking to go out on top.