Rangers star in talks to end hiatus and represent country at World Cup
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Rangers star in talks to end hiatus and represent country at World Cup

Rangers star Scott Arfield has revealed he is in talks with Rangers and the Canada national team about ending an international hiatus ahead of the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar.

The 33-year-old is the former captain of the Canadian international team but took a step back from international duties at the end of 2019.

Rangers star Scott Arfield represented Scotland at youth level but qualifies for Canada through his father, who was born in Toronto. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

The last time Scott Arfield played for Canada was in November 2019 – in a 3-1 defeat to the United States in the CONCACAF Nations League – and confusion has surrounded his role with the team since.

Confusion surrounds Rangers star Scott Arfield and Canada

Capped 19 times for the Canada team, Scott Arfield even captained the side at the 2019 Gold Cup.

But after the midfielder suddenly stopped playing for the team Steven Gerrard appeared to hint towards international retirement by saying Scott Arfield “doesn’t play” with Canada anymore.

Scott Arfield would then break his silence in October 2020 regarding his Canada future and add to the confusion by claiming that selection for the national team was up to the Canada manager.

The Rangers midfielder claimed then that a call up lay at the feet of Canucks manager Jonathon Herdman.

Canada boss Herdman would later clarify that the player’s original absence did come down to Scott Arfield looking to prolong his club career, with long trips across the Atlantic disruptive to his club footballing schedule.

Scott Arfield has been an important player for Rangers over the last four seasons. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Scott Arfield still available for Canada selection ahead of FIFA World Cup

As part of this, Jonathon Herdman claimed that Scott Arfield would only be available for “big games” as he balanced club responsibilities and a string of injuries.

But now, the Rangers midfielder has been speaking about his future to Sky Sports and claims there are discussions about his involvement at the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar.

“I don’t really know at the minute [about the situation with Canada],” said Scott Arfield.

“We’ve spoke to the manager, I’m always up for selection. There’s a camp in January which is a non-FIFA window and we’re looking to that but you miss games here.

“It’s all about the manager speaking to the Canada manager and seeing if we can get involved in that, if not it’ll be March.

Scott Arfield predicted Canada World Cup success

“I said four years ago that Canada would go to the World Cup and everyone in this country was laughing at me.

“I seen this coming through, I seen the calibre of player getting better, playing at good clubs all around Europe, the standard of MLS clubs getting better.

“It’s no surprise to me how this team’s doing.

“If you talk to any football player they want to play at a World Cup, you want to play at the best competitions with the best players.

“Whether you’ve missed the boat on that, that’s for a different conversation but to be able to go to a World Cup you need to be playing for your club.”

Scott Arfield predicted the success of the Canadian national team. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

The Canada national team currently sit top of the final CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying group where the top three teams qualify for the tournament and the fourth enters a playoff.

There are still six games left to play in the eight-team round-robin style group with eight matches having already been played.

To date, Canada have only ever qualified for one FIFA World Cup, the 1986 competition in Mexico.

Meanwhile, Scott Arfield has also made a claim regarding his Rangers future as he makes an admission over a potential new contract.