Canada qualify for World Cup for first time in 36 years


Canada have qualified to the World Cup for the first time in 36 years years. They defeated Jamaica 4-0 to secure their place in Qatar.
The win assured Canada of finishing in one of the top three places in the final stage of Concacaf qualifying. Their last World Cup appearance was at Mexico in 1986. They finished bottom of their group without scoring.
Cyle Larin and Tajon Buchanan gave Canada a 2-0 lead at the break before Junior Hoilett and an Adrian Mariappa own goal sealed the win.
It’s only the second time the country have qualified for the World Cup. Coach John Herdman said: “When I first took over and I said, ‘We’re going to qualify for the World Cup’, I don’t think they believed us. I’m happy for them because all of these fans have waited and waited and waited, and hung in with us – and we’re going.
“I think this country never believed in us because we’ve given them nothing to believe in. They believe now. This is the time for everyone to get behind football and unite because we can be a powerhouse.”
Herdman was appointed head coach in 2018. He led the Canadian women’s team to successive Olympic bronze medals in 2012 and 2016 and now has guided Canada to Qatar in his first qualifying campaign in charge.
The Englishman said: “We just qualified for the World Cup, this is a legit football country.”
The USA, Mexico, Costa Rica and Panama are all in contention for the final two automatic Concacaf qualification spots for the 2022 World Cup, which starts on 21 November.