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Pantemis Omitted From Canada Squad

Replaced by Oldham Athletic’s Jayson Leutwiler

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Omitted: James Pantemis had been on the bench for all eight of Canada’s hexagonal games in World Cup qualifying so far.
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John Herdman has opted for Oldham Athletic’s Jayson Leutwiler (32) as third choice goalkeeper behind Milan Borjan and Max Crepeau for the crucial, upcoming, three-game international break.

That means no place this time for CF Montreal’s James Pantemis (24). Pantemis was named to the bench in all 8 hexagonal games so far, but has not seen any action.

Swiss-born Leutwiler has been playing professionally in England since 2014 and currently turns out regularly for Football League basement club Oldham Athletic. A former Premier League side, the Latics sit bottom of all 92 clubs from England’s top four divisions.

He’s earned three full caps, the last of which arrived in a 2-0 friendly victory over Jamaica in 2017.

Leutwiler has never conceded a goal while representing Canada, winning his other two caps both times as a second-half substitute, against Scotland and South Korea.

The former Swiss u20 international was part of Canada’s squad which reached the semi-finals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup last year, failing to get minutes in any of the games.

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Jayson Leutwiler of Oldham Athletic in England’s fourth tier has replaced James Pantemis in John Herdman’s latest Canada squad...
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CF Montreal players Kamal Miller, Alistair Johnston and Samuel Piette have all been included in the squad, which faces World Cup qualifying trips to both Honduras and El Salvador with a home game in Hamilton against the US sandwiched between.