Canada Starting Lineup vs Croatia: World Cup Starting 11 Announced

Making their first World Cup appearance since 1986, the Canadian national team is positioned to have their best showing on the National Stage in nearly 40 years with a push in the 2022 FIFA World Cup. In a group with Belgium, Morocco, and Croatia — a group many consider to be one of the deepest in the tournament — they will have to rely on the strength of their young forwards, described as some of the best attackers in this tournament, to impose themselves on some strong defensive lines in this group. Complementing their youth at forward in this Canadian starting lineup is a veteran presence both at the midfielder position and in goal. Regardless of age and status on this team, however, this will be everyone’s first World Cup appearance for everyone on this Canadian starting 11.

Canada Starting 11 Vs. Croatia

  • Jonathan David (FW)
  • Cyle Larin (FW)
  • Alphonso Davies (MF)
  • Atiba Hutchinson (MF)
  • Tajon Buchannan (MF)
  • Stephen Eustaquio (MF)
  • Richie Lareya (DF)
  • Alistair Johnston (DF)
  • Steven Vitoria (DF)
  • Kamal Miller (DF)
  • Milan Borjan (GK)

Canada Bench

  • James Pantemis (GK)
  • Dayne St. Clair (GK)
  • Derek Cornelius (DF)
  • Kamal Miller (DF)
  • Joel Waterman (DF)
  • Liam Fraser (MF)
  • Sam Adekugbe(MF)
  • Jonathan Osorio (MF)
  • Liam Millar (MF)
  • Samuel Piette (MF)
  • David Wotherspoon (MF)
  • Lucas Cavallini (FW)
  • Mark-Anthony Kaye (MF)
  • Junior Hoilett (FW)
  • Uge Igbo (FW)

The Canadian team enters the 2022 World Cup with +20000 (200-1) odds to win it all and +1000 (10:1) odds to win the group. The latter also doubles as the longest odds for Group F winner. Belgium remains the favorite at -190 with Croatia and Morocco following at +200 and +850, respectively.

For the first time in years, the Canadian National team features multiple players who play professionally for marquee European clubs. Led by Alphonso Davies of Bayern Munich and Jonathan David of LOSC Lillie, there is reason for some cautious optimism at the top end of this Canadian roster, particularly at the forward position.

That said, they still lack the sum-total of talent that their group counterparts in Croatia and Belgium have. Though they do have some experience on this team from an age perspective, they come in with zero world cup experience as a collective unit and pretty average depth.

Between CONCACAF and international friendlies, this team has notched wins over Qatar, Panama, and Curacao as well as losses to Uruguay and Honduras over the last calendar year.

As evidenced by these performances, the success of this unit can live and die with the play of Alphonso Davies. Heading into the World Cup, Davies is slotted as one of the top attackers in the Group and the only player on this team with similar pedigree to the la liga talent they will havr to go against to advance.

Another big question heading into Wednesday’s match against Poland is what kind of formation Manager John Herdman will employ — a 3-5-2 or 4-3-2-1. If there last few international friendlies are any indication, it will likely be a 4-3-2-1.

Canada Starting Lineup History

Vs. Belgium

  • Jonathan David (FW)
  • Tajon Buchannan (MF)
  • Junior Hoilett (MF)
  • Alphonso Davies (MF)
  • Richie Lareya (MF)
  • Stephen Eustaquio (MF)
  • Atiba Hutchinson (MF)
  • Alistair Johnston (DF)
  • Steven Vitoria (DF)
  • Kamal Miller (DF)
  • Milan Borjan (GK)

Canada Starting 11 FAQ

Who Is Canada’s Starting Goalkeeper?

Milan Borjan will get the start in goal for Herdman’s squad in the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Borjan, the 35 year old Crvena Zvedza product, will be making his first World Cup appearance.

Who Is Canada’s Starting Striker?

Alfonso Davies, the 22 year old Bayern Munich forward/midfielder, will be starting at striker for the Canadian team. Depending on formation, Cyle Larin could also get some minutes at the position.

Who Is Canada’s Best Player?

Alphonso Davies is the best player for the Canadian National team. He is unlikely to win the Golden Boot, but is critical to the offensive success of this Canadian squad.

Patrick started covering the sports betting scene in March of 2021 as a member of the Loyola Phoenix. Since then, his industry analysis has been featured on websites such as Lineups.com and Daily Fantasy Cafe, where he has focused primarily on the NFL and individual state launches. As the current Assistant Site Runner of Lineups.com, Patrick aims to give more people access to information that may offer some insight into why teams build the way they do and what that means for any given matchup.

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