Canada World Cup 2022 guide: Star player, fixtures, squad, one to watch, odds to win

Canada will contest just the second World Cup finals in their history.

What the near novices lack in experience they hope will be offset by the star quality of the likes of Alphonso Davies and Jonathan David.

Here’s everything you need to know about Canada…

Coach: John Herdman. An Englishman who guided the Canada women’s team to back-to-back bronze medals at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics and has galvanised the men’s side since taking over in 2018.

Captain: Atiba Hutchinson. The evergreen 39-year-old continues to bind the Canada squad, and is in his 11th year with Besiktas.

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Star player: Alphonso Davies. Bayern Munich’s jet-heeled wide man can flourish pretty much anywhere on the flanks but will be leaned on for attacking input.

One to watch: Jonathan David. The Lille hitman has been consistently linked with a major European clubs, including Arsenal.

World ranking: 41

Odds: 300/1

Best thing about them: Pace and goals from some of Europe’s brightest young talents.

Worst thing about them: Inexperience and ageing key lieutenants.

Their prospects in three words: Up against it.

Fixtures (all times GMT)

  • November 23 vs Belgium (7pm)

  • November 27 vs Croatia (4pm)

  • December 1 vs Morocco (3pm)

Squad

Goalkeepers: Milan Borjan, James Pantemis, Dayne St Clair.

Defenders: Sam Adekugbe, Derek Cornelius, Alistair Johnston, Richie Laryea, Kamal Miller, Steven Vitoria, Joel Waterman.

Midfielders: Stephen Eustaquio, Liam Fraser, Atiba Hutchinson, Mark-Anthony Kaye, Ismael Kone, Jonathan Osorio, Samuel Piette, David Wotherspoon.

Forwards: Tajon Buchanan, Lucas Cavallini, Jonathan David, Alphonso Davies, Junior Hoillett, Cyle Larin, Liam Miller, Ike Ugbo.