Rangers midfielder Scott Arfield has given an update on his Canada future amid uncertainty, as captured by RangersTV.
Arfield was born in West Lothian and represented Scotland at youth level, but switched his allegiances to Canada in 2016 and has since earned 19 caps, even captaining the nation at the 2019 Gold Cup.
Steven Gerrard recently said that the Gers star ‘thankfully doesn’t go on international duty any more’, in an apparent hint that he had walked away from the Canucks setup.
However, when asked to clarify his situation on Friday, the 30-year-old suggested he has not retired from international football.
“That’s up to the Canada manager [whether I play again or not],” he said, as captured by RangersTV. “I think the last camp we had was last November and I’ve spoken to John Herdman on numerous occasions since that period.”
“He’ll announce a squad in the next two weeks and we’ll see about that then.”
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Rangers midfielder Scott Arfield gives update on Canada future – Verdict
Arfield’s comments here suggest that he’s still open to featuring for Canada in the future, although the country’s upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Aruba and Suriname in November are listed as postponed [BBC].
Yet, given the outstanding form the midfielder has shown recently, there’s surely little doubt that John Herdman will call upon his services whenever the next matches eventually come around.
Rangers have undoubtedly benefitted from the Canucks’ lack of fixtures in recent times, though, and it’s near-certain that given the high-intensity nature of Arfield’s performances, he wouldn’t have been able to put together his current run of eight consecutive starts at club level had he headed off for international duty earlier this month.
Representing a North American nation brings an additional challenge in terms of travel distances which put extra strain on players, but it looks as though, for the time being, Arfield is still prepared to sacrifice freshness for more international caps.