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Edgar Ready For World Cup Crunch

16 October 2012

Clarets defender hopes to take Canada through

Burnley defender David Edgar hopes to take one step closer to the 2014 World Cup Finals by starring in the “biggest game” of his international career in Honduras tonight.

Edgar scored his first goal for Canada to wrap up a 3-0 victory over Cuba last Friday night.

The win means that a draw in San Pedro Sula will be enough to see the Canucks advance to the final stage of qualifying in the CONCACAF section at the expense of the Hondurans.

“It’s probably going to be the biggest game of my career so far, especially internationally, so I’m really looking forward to it,” said Edgar, who is in line to win his 15th cap.

If successful tonight, it will be the first time since 1998 that Canada has secured a place in the final round of qualifying as they bid to repeat their sole World Cup Finals appearance of 1986.

To do so they will need to avoid a repeat of a 3-1 defeat in qualifying in 2008, while Canada haven’t beaten Honduras in a World Cup qualifier since 1978.

“This is make or break now, this is it,” added Edgar, who will fly home afterwards to prepare for the Clarets’ Lancashire derby against Blackpool on Saturday.

Elsewhere tonight, Clarets’ striker Sam Vokes will be on duty for a revitalised Wales for their Group A clash in Croatia.

And defender Daniel Lafferty is in the Northern Ireland squad taking on Portugal in Porto.

Meanwhile, Dane Richards’ Jamaica are now struggling to make it through after they lost to Guatemala last Friday night.

The Vancouver Whitecaps winger, who will join the Clarets in January, came off the bench but a 2-1 defeat means Jamaica now need a big win over Antigua and Barbuda and hope that the USA and Guatemala don’t draw their final game.

Story by Ashleigh Smith


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