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The evolution of Canadian pro soccer player Junior Hoilett

The evolution of Canadian pro soccer player Junior Hoilett
Canadian native and professional soccer player David "Junior" Hoilett has represented Team Canada on the national scale numerous times. (Courtesy: @jnrhoilett/Twitter)

Musthafa Ahmed - BVM Sports Contributor

BRAMPTON, Ont. — Canadian professional footballer who plays for Welsh club Cardiff City. David Wayne “Junior” Hoilett (born June 5, 1990). He was born in Brampton, Ontario, Hoilett was part of the Blackburn Rovers academy set up since the age of 13. Hoilett’s father hails from Ocho Rios in Jamaica.

Hoilett’s brother is Canada U-20 international Jaineil Hoilett. who represented Canada at the 2009 CONCACAF U-17 Championship and Canada’s U-20 team against the United States in December 2010. He was initially unable to obtain a work permit in England, and as a result, Blackburn loaned him to German clubs to help the player earn one in the future. Hoilett scored his solitary objective of his advance mission on May 18, 2008 against Borussia Mönchengladbach in what might be his last game for the club. Paderborn were subsequently consigned, finishing the 2007–08. Bundesliga season in seventeenth position. He is Canadian professional soccer player who plays as a winger for the Canada national team. Hoilett last played club football for EFL Championship club Cardiff City before the expiration of his contract on July 1, 2021.

In February 2011, he rejected a call-up from the Canadian national team, stating that he wanted more time to develop his club career before committing to international football. In January 2012, Jamaica Football Federation president Horace Burrell confirmed that he had approached the player’s father about Hoilett representing Jamaica.

In March 2012, Hoilett told various media bodies that he would consider playing for England if eligible. As Hoilett, his parents and grandparents were not born on the territory of The Football Association (FA), Hoilett needed to meet additional criteria established between the associations of the Home Nations. The Home Nations do not offer eligibility to play for their national teams based solely on a residency requirement; instead, they require players to be educated in the relevant FA’s territory for five years before the age of 18.

While Hoilett joined Blackburn at 13 years of age and did spend five years under contract to the club before turning 18, his two years spent living in Germany on loan to SC Paderborn and FC St. Pauli mean that he is not eligible for the English national team under the terms of the “Home nations agreement”, which prevents players becoming eligible through residency and by requiring a foreign-national to undergo five years of education before the age of 18 in the territory of the Football Association he wishes to play for.

Hoilett officially declared for Canada in September 2015, prior to the fourth round of CONCACAF 2018 World Cup Qualifying. He received his first international cap in a 1–1 draw against Ghana on October, 13, 2015 at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. He officially got cap-tied to Canada after starting for Canada in a 2018 World Cup Qualification match against Honduras.

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