Millar Focused On Helping Canada To World Cup

Jake Cooper - 08 Oct 2021

While he’s eager to make his mark in Switzerland during his time playing for Swiss Super League leaders FC Basel, Canadian star winger Liam Millar says his focus right now is on helping Canada qualify for the CONCACAF World Cup.

The Canadian men are next headed to Kingston for playing No. 59 Jamaica on Sunday, before making a return back home for hosting No. 68 Panama in Toronto on October 13.

Millar said this week Canada’s players are feeling confident about their prospects of qualifying. He said there’s a common belief that there’s more than enough talent, cohesion, and quality for putting up a fight against just about anybody.

Millar Confident In CA’s Abilities

Canada now ranks second on the eight-country final round list after beating No. 65 El Salvador. The current leaders are Mexico.

Joining Canada at 1-0-2 are the US and Panama, while Jamaica remain the current bottom-rankers at 0-2-1.

In March next year, after the final eight have all played 14 games apiece, the top three finishers will then be named for representing North America, Central America, and the Caribbean in Qatar in 2022.

This year marks the first time Canada has managed to reach the final round of qualifying since 1998.  And according to Millar, much of this can be credited to the strong bond that exists between the players.

Millar, who made his debut in the Canadian youth program in 2014, has since helped Canada to a total of 11 caps, which included five starts. He said the success of the group had been helped along by the fact that most of the players have been playing together for a very long time.

The Journey So Far

After first joining the ranks of Liverpool’s academy in 2016, the Canadian moved rapidly through the ranks before making his senior debut for the club in February last year.

The young gun grew up playing for North Mississauga and Brampton Youth SC. He at only 10 years of age tried out for joining the Toronto FC academy – but without success. He eventually moved to England with his father and coach at the age of 13, with his sights set firmly on making his soccer dreams come true.

He eventually joined Fulham Youth after drawing the attention of several talent scouts while playing at the Keele Cup in England. He spent his time impressing his new club with an impressive under-16 season, which ultimately led to his selection.

The 22-year-old says his dream is to just keep playing, because the more he does, the better he gets.

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