Speaking on Friday ahead of the Old Firm, Rangers boss Steven Gerrard appeared to suggest that Scott Arfield has ended his involvement with the Canada national team, as captured by RangersTV.
The Gers midfielder was born in West Lothian and started his career at Falkirk, going on to represent Scotland at U19, U21 and B team level.
Yet, when a senior call-up hadn’t come by 2016, Arfield switched his allegiance to Canada, for whom he qualified because his father was born in Toronto.
Since then, he’s gone on to win 19 caps and he even captained the nation at the 2019 Gold Cup.
However, Gerrard’s recent comments on the 31-year-old suggest he may now have walked away from international football.
“I think we arguably had the midfielder in form in the league in Scott Arfield, who thankfully doesn’t go on international duty any more and we can keep an eye on him here and he can train with us,” said Gerrard, as captured by RangersTV.
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Arfield last played for Canada in a 3-1 defeat to the United States in the Concacaf Nations League in November 2019.
He missed subsequent fixtures against Barbados and Iceland but although he hasn’t officially announced his retirement from the international arena, perhaps following the footballing shutdown, he has decided to focus solely on club football.
With all four of Canada’s World Cup Qualifying fixtures in October and November postponed due to the global health crisis, it may be a while before the Canucks are in action again.
When it comes time for head coach John Herdman to name his next squad, though, some clarification may be provided on Arfield’s position.