Arfield set to fulfil his dream with Canucks

Clarets midfielder Scott Arfield admits his dreams of international football may lie with Canada, after failing to break into Gordon Strachan’s Scotland set up.
International dreams: Scott ArfieldInternational dreams: Scott Arfield
International dreams: Scott Arfield

The 27-year-old has been overlooked by the senior set up, having made one appearance for Scotland B in 2009.

His form, scoring nine goals as Burnley were promoted to the Premier League two seasons ago, and a virtualy ever-present campaign in the top flight, led Mark McGhee to monitor the former Falkirk man closely.

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But, despite Scotland’s failure to qualify for Euro 2016, Arfield remained on the sidelines.

The Scot’s father was born in Toronto, so he qualifies to play for Canada, and has been in contact with the Canucks, who are captained by former Claret David Edgar.

And Arfield said: “I’m still open-minded about the whole thing. At the stage I’m at in my career, it would be a great life experience to go and represent Canada.

“Once you’ve played club football for so long, you want to see where it takes you, and I’ve been in contact with Canada, so it’s something I might do. I’ve also been speaking to David Edgar and he’s been banging the drum about what a good set up they’ve got there.

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Football takes you to so many places in your short career, and you would argue there is a kid inside me that would run about in a Scotland jersey and still wants to play for them, but I’m 27 now and I’m thinking the next step is international football.

“Going back home at international breaks and seeing people I grew up with on the council estate, that’s all they ever bang on about is how playing for Scotland would be the pinnacle.

“I think international football is exactly that, it’s the top level, and as you go on you see things in different ways and I perhaps don’t have as strong a feeling as I once did about playing for Scotland.

“Me and Boydy spoke about them potentially shaking it up after not qualifying but last season I think Boydy should have strolled into the squad.”