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Arfield off to the Gold Cup

Scott Arfield confirmed in Canada squad for CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament

27 June 2017

Scott Arfield has been included in Canada’s 23-man squad for their CONCACAF Gold Cup campaign in the United States next month.

The Clarets’ midfielder is flying out to attend a pre-tournament training camp in Ontario, starting on 28 June.

And he will then move on to the Gold Cup competition – played every two years between countries from North and Central America and the Caribbean – which is being staged across 14 cities in the US.

The tournament takes place from 7-26 July with the group stages running until 16 July.

Canada are in Group A, along with Costa Rica, Honduras and French Guiana – Canada’s opening opponents in Harrison on 7 July.

The top two sides, along with the two best third-place finishers from the three groups, will go through to the quarter-finals.

Arfield, capped seven times by the country of his father’s birth, is one of five English-based players in the Canada squad, along with Junior Hoilett of Cardiff, Brighton’s Samuel Adekugbe, Jayson Leutwiler of Shrewsbury and QPR’s Michael Petrasso.

It will be Arfield’s first appearance in the tournament, which Canada will be looking to win for a third time, and will mean a delayed start to his pre-season programme with the Clarets.

Octavio Zambrano, Canada Soccer’s National Team Head Coach, said: “We have a balance between offence and defence.

“We want to go forward and have a high tempo, but we also have to make sure we have the defenders that are up to the task in our end.”


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