Turning in a man-of-the-match display, Scott Arfield captained Canada to their highest ever win.
The Rangers star put in a stunning performance in an 8-0 win away to the US Virgin Islands. The victory means that Canada get their CONCACAF Nations League qualifier off to a flyer.
More impressively, however, is the fact that the win is the record victory the country has ever had. Arfield was captaining his country for the first time, and was beaming with delight afterwards.
Speaking to the media after the thrilling victory, Arfield couldn’t hide his delight at his achievements.
This is the pinnacle of your career in terms of being the captain of your country. I spoke to my dad in the airport when I knew I was going to be coming out of this camp as skipper. We came out to make history and we have done. The nutritionist, the masseuses, the physios, the chefs, everybody should be as close as possible and I think that’s the captain’s role to make sure that that goes as smooth as possible.
Arfield’s attitude certainly deserves a mention. The Canada star seems to be taking everything in his stride, and will be overjoyed at the victory over the US Virgin Islands.
Granted, it’s not top-notch opposition, but it shows how far Canada have come as a footballing nation. Arfield has been central to that for several years now.
One of the main aspects of the international break is getting your key players back in a positive mind-set. There’s no doubt Arfield is surely now going to come back euphoric at his personal and national achievements. Captaining your country is one thing, but to captain them to their biggest ever win in your debut as the leader – that’s not too bad at all.
In the past, we’ve spoken about how Arfield hasn’t done enough at Rangers so far. That remains the case. The midfielder needs to start chipping in with some goals and assists soon.
But this will likely give him a huge boost upon returning to Ibrox this week. Preparations for the visit of Dundee will begin soon, and having as many players as possible returning with confidence is a huge plus-point.
Arfield joins Borna Barisic and Alfredo Morelos in the high-points of the international scene this week. Barisic also made his debut for Croatia against Portugal, whilst Morelos did likewise for Colombia against Venezuela.