TORONTO, Canada—Canada Soccer released its roster for the upcoming FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ Qualifiers today—and it’s all essentially all hands on deck for the men’s national team.
Called into the squad is Bayern Munich’s Alphonso Davies, Besiktas’ Cyle Larin and Atiba Hutchinson, Charlton Athletic’s Liam Millar, and many other notable names.
There are two Toronto FC players included in the squad: Richie Laryea and Jayden Nelson. At 18 years of age, Nelson and Wolverhampton Wanderers forward Theo Corbeanu are the youngest players at camp.
One notable omission is Lille star Jonathan David. David is unable to attend due to quarantine regulations in France, but Canada will re-visit back in June in hopes of bringing their go-to No. 9 back into mix.
“We want to ensure that our best players wear the red shirt and represent Canada because those players want to change the sport in our country by qualifying for the FIFA World Cup™,” said John Herdman, Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team Head Coach, in a press release back in February. “There is a group of players that have been part of the battle these past two years, they’ve been developing together on and off the pitch and they will be the narrators of what could be an amazing story for soccer in this country.
“It is important that when competing in Concacaf, at a stage where every game has so much at stake, that we are always at our strongest. We know this a long campaign consisting of 20 matches to reach Qatar 2022 and there are various stages in this campaign for which we have to plan, but we will be taking it one game at a time with a laser-like focus on reaching the Concacaf Final Round.”
Waking the Red’s Mitchell Tierney will be taking a deeper dive into this Canadian roster later this week.
Canada Soccer will play its opening match of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ Qualifiers at Exploria Stadium in Orlando, FL, USA on Thursday March 25 against Bermuda. The closed-door match will be the first of four FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ Qualifiers scheduled for March and June from which only the group winner will advance to the next round.
Canada’s second game of this window will come against the Cayman Islands on March 28.
The Canadians will then round out their Group against Aruba on June 5 and Suriname on June 8, with six group winners advancing to a second round of head-to-head knockout matches.