Canada Names Final 26-Man Squad For World Cup in Qatar
Canada announced its 26-man roster for the upcoming FIFA World Cup on Sunday with relatively few surprises.
Aside from a few injury absences, Herdman picked most of the players who contributed to the success. After the announcement of the 26-man roster on November 13, the selected players have the next task of shocking the world in Qatar.
The biggest absence will be that of defender Scott Kennedy, who suffered a shoulder injury on October 29 and will not be available for the tournament. Also missing out is goalkeeper Maxime Crepeau, who suffered a leg fracture in the MLS Cup final on Nov. 5.
John Herdman’s 26-man squad will be headlined with the likes of Steven Vitoria, Alistair Johnston, Richie Laryea, and Jonathan Osorio.
The roster includes:
Goalkeepers: Milan Borjan (Red Star Belgrade — Serbia), James Pantemis (CF Montréal), and Dayne St. Clair (Minnesota United).
Defenders: Alistair Johnston (CF Montréal), Derek Cornelius (Panetolikos — Greece), Richie Laryea (Toronto FC), Sam Adekugbe (Hatayspor — Turkey), Steven Vitória (Chaves – Portugal), Kamal Miller (CF Montréal) and Joel Waterman (CF Montréal).
Midfielders: Stephen Eustáquio (Porto — Portugal), Jonathan Osorio (Toronto FC), Atiba Hutchinson (Beşiktaş J.K.), Mark-Anthony Kaye (Toronto FC), Samuel Piette (CF Montréal), Liam Fraser (K.M.S.K. Deinze — Belgium), Ismaël Koné (CF Montréal) and David Wotherspoon (St Johnstone F.C. — Scotland).
Forwards: Alphonso Davies (Bayern Munich — Germany), Jonathan David (Lille — France) and Cyle Larin (Club Brugge — Belgium), Tajon Buchanan (Club Brugge — Belgium), Lucas Cavallini (Vancouver Whitecaps), Junior Hoilett (Reading F.C. — England), and Ike Ugbo (ES Troyes AC — France).