Les Rouges twice had to scrap plans for a June 5 friendly. The original meeting against Iran was canceled amid geopolitical tensions. A quickly-arranged alternative fixture against Panama was then nixed because of a labor dispute between Canadian players and the national federation.
Canada, previously ranked No. 38, will likely play several more friendlies during the September international window, their last chance for tests ahead of the World Cup in November. At Qatar 2022, they’re drawn into Group F against Belgium (No. 2), Croatia (No. 15) and Morocco (No. 22).
Canada are the lowest-ranked nation of Concacaf’s World Cup-bound quartet, behind Mexico (No. 12), the United States (No. 14) and Costa Rica (No. 34). That’s despite topping the region’s qualification process and booking a first World Cup spot since 1986.
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