Clarets midfielder Scott Arfield is finally set for his full international debut – with Canada.
Arfield, capped by Scotland at Under 19, 21 and B level, has consistently been overlooked by Gordan Strachan, despite his form over the last two and a half seasons with Burnley.
And, as he is eligible for Canada through his Toronto-born father, he recently admitted leaning towards the Reds, saying: “At the state I’m at in my career, it would be a great life experience to go and represent Canada,”
He is expected to link up with Benito Floro’s Canada squad for the first time for the key World Cup qualifier against Mexico at B.C. Place on March 25th, with no opportunity to feature in advance, as a friendly against the United States in February doesn’t fall during an international break.
Qualification is underway for Russia 2018, with Canada beating Honduras 1-0 at B.C. Place in November, before a goal-less draw in El Salvador.
The top two countries in this stage of CONCACAF qualifying go through to the final round.
Arfield, who has scored four goals so far this season for Burnley, was born in Livingston and started his career with Falkirk, making 124 appearances, featuring in the Scottish Cup Final against Rangers in 2009, as well as the Europa League.
He joined Huddersfield Town in 2010 for an initial £400,000 and made 119 appearances in three seasons, helping Town reach the Championship in 2012 via the play-off final – scoring in a penalty shootout triumph over Sheffield United at Wembley.
However, he was released in the summer of 2013, and joined the Clarets on trial before earning a two-year deal, scoring nine goals as Burnley were promoted to the Premier League.
He netted twice last season, making 36 starts in the Premier League, before signing a new three-year contract in the summer.