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The last two days I wrote about Canada head coach Stephen Hart and would-be Canadian international Jonathan de Guzman, whose restrictive Dutch citizenship is a major issue off the pitch.
Brampton, Ontario native David "Junior" Hoilett is a different situation and one I certainly understand. A talented striker playing for Blackburn Rovers in England he has options for what country to play for, but it does remind me of the mind battle for Canadian players slugging it out in Europe trying to win spots on the first team of their respective clubs.
WATCH: Stephen Hart discussing Junior Hoilett
Club vs. Country.
Sure players like Nick Dasovic and Paul Peschisolido wanted to play for Canada, but would they have their spot on the club team when they returned?? Hart was disappointed that Hoilett was not transferred and signed from Blackburn when the January transfer window closed.
If he had signed a significant contract Hart thinks he would then opt to play for Canada since he would be taken care of financially and not have to risk his club career over a possible injury while playing for Canada.
This one may take a little more time, but how nice would it be for Canada if we could see both of our strikers play in the English Premier League. I don’t think we’ve ever been able to say that!
Back to the team, I certainly am looking forward to the friendly against the United States on June 3rd at BMO Field before round three of World Cup Qualifying starts to see how we rate with one of the best countries in our region, Honduras, and finally, at home!
Lee Godfrey brings an extensive amount of soccer broadcast experience to GolTV where he is the host of the station’s original Canadian news program Extra Time.