Scott Arfield has revealed Gordon Strachan wished him well on pledging his international allegiance to Canada – and admits the Scotland manager made no attempt to try and change his mind.
The Burnley midfielder has started the process of making himself available to Canada and could make his debut in a World Cup qualifier against Mexico on March 25 should his passport application be rubber-stamped.
Even though the 27-year-old was born in Scotland and came through the Falkirk youth academy, Arfield qualifies for the Canucks through dad Harry, who was born in Toronto.
The playmaker has decided to put himself forward for selection for Canada after conceding that his dream of representing Scotland was not going to happen.
Arfield, who has been capped for Scotland at Under-19, Under-21 and B level, said: “(Strachan) gave me a call and he wished me all the best. He never tried to change my mind.
“He wanted to touch base since the paperwork came through to Scotland. I told him my decision and it’s one I’m glad I took.
“I wouldn’t say Scotland broke my heart. When I first came to England I was always dying to go back up to play for Scotland, it was the only time I wanted to go back.
“I didn’t want to go back to Scottish football, I wanted to go there and play for Scotland.
“I’ve spoken to the manager of Canada and the manager of Scotland and reiterated my feelings and my decision. I think it’s the best one for me and my family.”
Arfield insists playing for Benito Floro’s Canada will make his dad proud.
Speaking to the Lancashire Telegraph, he added: “My dad moved quite early so he never had that much connection, but he feels he was born there, there his roots, and I’m delighted to contribute to that.”