Bayern Munich star Alphonso Davies, absent from international play since November, returns to Canada for June matches against Iran, Curacao and Honduras.
A 21-year-old man from Edmonton missed six past events in Canada after experiencing symptoms of myocarditis, a mild heart disease, following a COVID-19 incident. Davies, who was named CONCACAF’s best man player in April, returned to Bayern Munich from 11 a.m. for the Champions League quarter -finals on April 6 against Spain’s Villarreal, marking the club’s first appearance since December 17.
There’s also a place in coach John Herdman’s squad of 25 for fullback/wingback Raheem Edwards, who has been in good shape with the Los Angeles Galaxy this season. Edwards, 26, who has four caps for Canada, last played for the national team in March 2018 – a 1-0 win against New Zealand in Spain during Herdman’s debut as coach.
Edwards tied for the MLS lead with three assists winning games this season and a total of five assists.
And it was the first senior call -up for 17 -year -old striker Luca Koleosho, who made his La Liga debut in Spain for RCD Espanyol de Barcelona in the May 22 season final against Granada CF.
Koleosho was also named on Canada’s recently released provisional roster for the CONCACAF U-20 Championship. Born in the U.S. to an Italian-Canadian mother, she moved to Spain when she was 11 years old.
Canada, currently ranked 38th in the world, opened the June FIFA window with friendly No. 21 Iran on June 5 at BC Place Stadium before kicking off the CONCACAF Nations League campaign four days later against No. 79 Curacao at the same venue. Canada then resumed their League of Nations match against No. 82 Honduras in San Pedro Sula on 13 June.
The match was the first for Herdman’s team since completing a CONCACAF World Cup qualifier on March 30 in Panama.
“These are three opportunities to take a step forward with this group of players in preparation for the FIFA World Cup in Qatar,” Herdman said in a statement Wednesday. “Every minute together is important because we are ready to work together to give us the best opportunity to perform against some of the best in the world on the biggest stage.”
“Not a minute can be wasted at this time. Our group of players who participated in 20 matches as part of the FIFA World Cup qualifiers built a foundation of trust, confidence, and trust in each other, so we can unite and continue to discover that the next level will be the key to success. we are in Qatar. ”
The Canadian won 4-2-0 in World Cup qualifiers without Davies, message tickets to a football show for the first time since 1986. Canada led the qualifying finals in North and Central America and the Caribbean by a score of 8-2- 4, posting a record 14-2-4 in three qualifying rounds while beating opposition 54-8.
Iran’s friendship has been under attack since it was announced.
The problem is whether Canada should host Iran because a Canadian was killed on Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 when it was shot down on January 8, 2020, minutes after flying from Tehran, by Iranian surface-to-air missiles. . The Canadian government says 55 Canadians and 30 permanent residents include 176 people killed.
Hamed Esmaeilion, a spokesman for the PS752 Flight Victims Family Association, said his group had been fighting the match since it was rumored. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has spoken out against the game and said this week that it will be up to the Canadian Border Services Agency to decide whether Iranian teams are allowed into the country.
Canadian football has never said a word about the controversy, certainly hoping it will be lost in order to benefit from a home match box office when the Herdman team offers a rare non-CONCACAF test.
“There are some areas in the team that want to be strengthened before Qatar,” Herdman said. “We are looking to assess the specific profiles of players who can contribute to a tactical approach against Tier 1 opponents.”
Herdman has named a strong squad for the June match with more 50-cap veterans under goalkeeper Milan Borjan (Red Star Belgrade), midfielder Jonathan Osorio (Toronto FC), Samuel Piette (CF Montreal) and Atiba Hutchinson (Besiktas) and Cyle Larin (Besiktas).
The squad features new champions Davies (Bayern Munich, Germany), Borjan (Red Star Belgrade, Serbia), Tajon Buchanan (Club Brugge, Belgium) and Stephen Eustaquio (FC Porto, Portugal).
The list features 10 MLS players including Alistair Johnston and Kamal Miller of CF Montreal, Lucas Cavallini of the Vancouver Whitecaps and Osorio Toronto.
After the World Cup later this year in Qatar, Canada will continue to play in the League of Nations in March 2023, host Honduras and play in Curacao.
The top two teams in the Canadian League group will qualify for the 2023 Gold Cup, while the last place team will be relegated to the CONCACAF Nations League and further qualifying matches to reach the Gold Cup.
Herdman has a strong attacking force on Davies, Cavallini, Larin, Buchanan, Jonathan David, Junior Hoilett as well as Charles-Andreas Brym, Ike Ugbo, and Koleosho.
Brym, 23, who plays in the Netherlands second tier for FC Eindhoven, won his sixth cap for Canada last November with a 4-1 win against Panama in World Cup qualifier.