Having been the first team to certify their place in the top 3 of a group, which also featured the nation with the largest pool of professional footballers in the world, as well as the ever-developing US Men’s National Team, it is fair to suggest the North American nation is the biggest surprise team to have qualified so far.
English first-team coach John Herdman guided Les Rouges to automatic qualification following a convincing 4-0 win against Jamaica on Sunday, with Herdman himself suggesting it was a big feat that few people believed would actually happen. He said: “I think this country never believed in us because we've given them nothing to believe in. They believe now.”
This is only the second time Canada have qualified for the World Cup, with the nation and its fans hoping to do much better than in Mexico 1986 where they finished bottom of their group, failing to score a single goal.
Herdman will look to capitalise on the experiences of players like Champions League winner Alphonso Davies, Lille’s free-scoring Jonathan David, who has been persistently linked with moves to the Premier League and Porto’s Stephen Eustaquio who is having a stellar campaign that looks likely to see him aid the boys in blue bring back domestic success to the city.