Canada manager John Herdman has provided an update on Rangers star Scott Arfield’s future, suggesting he will pick and choose suitable times to play international football [Daily Record].
Arfield is currently out of action with an ankle injury but he played a key role over the first half of the season for the Gers, making 31 appearances in all competitions, scoring seven goals and notching five assists.
Amid speculation that he was set to retire from Canada duty, the midfielder gave an update on his situation in October in 2020, suggesting that it would be up to the manager to decide whether or not he should be involved in future camps.
Now, with World Cup qualifiers against Bermuda and the Cayman Islands on the horizon, Herdman has given his take on the matter.
“It’s an ongoing conversation with Scott,” he said [Daily Record]. “In his experiences now, he knows he’s getting late in his career. He’s got a very young family, so it’s about the right moments.”
“I think for Scott, certainly this year, he’s got one focus and that’s to win the title with Rangers. He feels deeply committed to achieving that for the fans and he knows he can’t be getting pulled into international activity too frequently.
“His body is starting to ask him some critical questions…I think there’s definitely some issues he’s got behind the scenes in terms of his commitments and from my side, I’ll always respect him. But, when the big games come, I think Scott will be available.”
Arfield was born and raised in Scotland but qualifies for Canada through his father.
He made his debut in 2016 and has since accumulated 19 caps, while he has captained the nation at two CONCACAF Gold Cups.
Steven Gerrard would prefer that his player stayed at Rangers across the season and it seems that although retirement isn’t on the cards yet for the 32-year-old, long-haul flights to and from international duty will be less frequent than they have been in the past.