It’s been a day to remember for Scott Arfield as he’s been announced as Canada’s new captain by head coach John Herdman.
The Rangers midfielder captained his country to their biggest ever win last month – an 8-0 win against US Virgin Islands in the CONCACAF Nations League. It was a joyous moment for Arfield, and he’s finally been given the armband permanently.
Canada is set for another crunch match this month against Dominica. A win in that one will mean that they would stay joint top of the standings after two games.
Herdman had the option of giving the armband back to long-time captain Atiba Hutchinson this week. Instead, however, he’s decided to give it to Arfield for the foreseeable future.
Speaking about the appointment, Arfield’s international manager said the following:
“Scott Arfield will continue to be the captain. I don’t see too many changes from the last game.
“And I think Atiba is very clear about how he can support Scott and the rest of the team to elevate the leadership and the performance.”
A sign of his progress
It’s fair to say that Arfield has had a successful spell at Rangers since the previous qualifiers. The Scottish-born Canadian bagged his first competitive Rangers goals, and is really coming into his own in Steven Gerrard’s midfield.
The former Falkirk man is now a mainstay in Gerrard’s side, and isn’t dropped for any of Rangers’ big games. He made his debut for Canada in 2016 after Scotland failed to field him in a competitive international match.
Whether it will prove to be Scotland’s loss remains to be seen. Regardless, Arfield deserves his international recognition given how much he’s given to Canada over the years. Whilst Hutchinson may very well receive the armband once more in the future, it’s clear that Canada’s boss is well impressed with Arfield’s leadership.
Gerrard has his fair share of leaders at the club this season, with James Tavernier his captain. Tav fully deserves the armband for his commitment and level of performance at Ibrox. But Arfield is one of the potential stars who will have his eyes on that armband himself one day.
For now, he’ll just be delighted at the recognition he’s receiving internationally. His club performances continue to be recognised across the Atlantic Ocean, and it seems the Gers star is in a seriously good place these days.