Canada national team boss John Herdman is looking forward to unleashing Wolverhampton Wanderers youngster Theo Corbeanu over the international break.

The 18-year-old has been called up to the senior squad for the first time, and stands to debut against either Bermuda or the Cayman Islands.

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The two World Cup qualifiers will both be held in Florida because of pandemic-related travel restrictions.

Canada’s last competitive match came all the way back in November 2019, and it’s a young squad Herdman has named to take on the 73rd and 169th ranked teams in the world.

Corbeanu has got his just rewards for a superb season with the Wolves U23s, and the talented teenager was praised by Herdman in a press conference.

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He said (via carlyleobserver.com): “He’s got a bright future.

 

“And if being part of the national team can help that future come a bit sooner with regard to pushing into the first team at Wolves, then hopefully picking up some game time in this Canadian team will send a clear message about where we think he’s at.”

Opportunity knocks for Corbeanu

It sounds like Herdman is looking forward to working with Corbeanu.

He won’t be facing the most testing opposition, but it’s still a great chance for Corbeanu to make his mark on the international stage.

Hopefully the experience will see him come back with fire in his belly to take the next step in his career, which would be to play for the Wolves first-team having made the bench a number of times.

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