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Shrewsbury Keeper Jayson Leutwiler Would Consider Playing for Canada

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The dual national has a Canadian passport and hasn't been involved in the Swiss setup since 2009 when he played for the U-21 side.

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With Lars Hirschfeld being 36 years of age, and Kenny Stamatopoulos days away from turning the same, the Canadian Men's National Team could use a changing of the guard in net.

Beyond Ludogorets Razgrad keeper Milan Borjan, Canada haven't shown many hands that look capable to receive that torch. There are plenty of good goalkeepers, but most are too young and inexperienced to take on senior national team duty.

However, as is often the case in national team soccer, Canada could have another option that wasn't previously known about.

At 26 years of age he is young, has plenty of experience and has been playing at a high level for several years: his name is Jayson Leutwiler and he is the starting goalkeeper for Shrewsbury Town of Football League One in England.

Waking the Red has received confirmation from Shrewsbury Town that Leutwiler does in fact have a Canadian passport, on top of the Swiss passport that was already well known.

Internationally, Leutwiler has represented Switzerland at multiple levels, all the way up until U-21. However he has never received a senior call up from the Swiss national team, and hasn't played international soccer since 2009.

Leutwiler has yet to be approached by the Canadian Soccer Association, but Waking The Red has learned he would consider joining the team should they give him the option.

The Neuchatel, Switzerland native has played most of his career in his country of birth. He played in FC Basel's academy, and was with the club until 2012. However he never received a game with the senior team, and spent most of his time with the club on loan.

After a two year stint at Middlesbrough, Leutwiler got his shot with Shrewsbury where he has already played in 47 matches, earning the club promotion from League Two last season as the team finished in second place. He was in goal for Shrewsbury's first League One match, a 2-1 loss to Millwall last Saturday.

Leutwiler joining Canada would certainly be good news for the national team, as he has the ability to truly push Borjan for that starting position. At the very least he would give Canada a strong option in goal should Borjan miss another international callup, as he did with the 2015 Gold Cup.

Canada has been working on trying to bring several dual nationals into camp recently. While Burley's Scott Arfield has still said he would prefer a call up to the Scottish national team, if none is forthcoming he could join Canada. The national team has also been in contact with Portuguese-Canadian and Philadelphia Union defender Steven Vitoria.