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Canada World Cup 2022 squad: Who's in and who's out?

06:15 GMT+3 27/11/2022
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The only way for the Maple Leafs is up and here are the players who will help their cause

It's Canada's first World Cup appearance since 1986, when they lost all three group games without scoring a single goal.

Making it through from the qualifiers after a 36-year wait, finishing ahead of the likes of traditional CONCACAF giants Mexico and the United States in the final round was proof of what they are capable of.

Now in Group F alongside Belgium, Croatia and Morocco, nobody would be more motivated to beat the odds than John Herdman's side.

Can Alphonso Davies and Co. rise above expectations and make it out of the group stage this time around? Time will tell!

Here are the 26 players who will make the trip to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar

ALSO READ: World Cup 2022 Group F: Fixtures, results, standings, squads & full details

  • Milan Borjan

    GOALKEEPERS

    Milan Borjan seems to be the front-runner for the No.1 jersey, with the shot stopper proving to be a reliable option between the sticks at Red Star Belgrade.

    Maxime Crepeau of Los Angeles FC is a household name in MLS but cannot make it to Qatar because of a broken leg, so Dayne St. Clair of Minnesota United FC and James Pantemis (CF Montreal) are called up.

    Name

    Club

    Milan Borjan

    Red Star Belgrade

    Dayne St. Claire

    Minnesota United

    Jayson Leutwiler

    Oldham Athletic

  • Richie Laryea Canada 2022

    DEFENDERS

    Alphonso Davies is arguably the star name in Canada's list of defensive options, but the Bayern Munich ace has often featured higher up the pitch while on international duty and was actually named as a forward when the squad was announced.

    That offers an opportunity to the likes of Alistair Johnston, Sam Adekugbe, Kamal Miller, Steven Vitoria, and Richie Laryea, who all have plenty of experience and will be confident of getting the nod.

    Name

    Club

    Alphonso Davies

    Bayern Munich

    Steven Vitoria

    Chaves

    Sam Adekugbe

    Hatayspor

    Richie Laryea

    Toronto FC

    Alistair Johnston

    CF Montreal

    Kamal Miller

    CF Montreal

    Derek Cornelius

    Panetolikos

    Joel Waterman

    CF Montreal

  • Atiba Hutchinson

    MIDFIELDERS

    Canada's all-time most-capped international Atiba Hutchinson (97) missed the September internationals due to injury, as did Jonathan Osorio, but both have made it to Qatar.

    Working his way into the starting XI in Porto's Champions League games against Atletico Madrid and Club Brugge, Stephen Eustaquio definitely brings a lot to the table.

    Colorado Rapids' Mark-Anthony Kaye is a versatile option to have in the side, as is Reading's Junior Hoilett.

    Samuel Piette also got the nod, while promising youngster Ismael Kone has also been impressing.

    Name

    Club

    Samuel Piette

    CF Montreal

    Mark-Anthony Kaye

    Toronto FC

    Stephen Eustaquio

    Porto

    Ismael Kone

    CF Montreal

    Atiba Hutchinson

    Besiktas

    Liam Fraser

    Deinze

    Jonathan Osorio

    Toronto FC

    David Wotherspoon

    St Johnstone

    Junior Hoilett

    Reading

  • JONATHAN DAVID LILLE

    ATTACKERS

    Attack is arguably Canada's strongest area, with Jonathan David being one of the game's most exciting young attackers and Cyle Larin also a clinical goalscorer.

    Tajon Buchanan has impressed at Belgian champions Club Brugge, while Ike Ugbo came through the ranks at Chelsea.

    Lucas Cavallini, meanwhile, is one of his country's top 10 all-time top goal scorers.

    Name

    Club

    Cyle Larin

    Club Brugge

    Jonathan David

    Lille

    Lucas Cavallini

    Vancouver Whitecaps

    Tajon Buchanan

    Club Brugge

    Liam Millar

    Basel

    Ike Ugbo

    Troyes

  • STRONGEST XI

    Borjan is the most likely choice in goal owing to his experience and reading of the game.

    With Adekugbe and Johnston on either flanks, ball playing defender Miller should be partnered by Vitoria at the central defensive places.

    Hutchinson is a key playmaking midfielder who can drop to right back if required with Osorio and Eustaquio playing the central roles and Davies attacking from the left.

    In a 4-4-2 formation, it's likely to be David and Larin up front in the XI.

    Canada XI (4-4-2): Borjan; Adekugbe, Miller, Vitoria, Johnston; Hutchinson, Osorio, Eustaquio, Davies; David, Larin.