Nottingham Forest defender Richie Laryea played for Canada yesterday as their World Cup hopes ended. The 27-year-old played as John Herdman’s team lost 4-1 to Croatia to crash out of the competition.
Canada are playing at their first World Cup since 1986. They were brilliant against Belgium in their opening game, although they were still beaten 1-0 by Roberto Martinez’s team.
Yesterday, they opened the scoring through Alphonso Davies. But, they couldn’t stand quite so firm defensively and were eventually thrashed.
Laryea was one again called upon by Herdman. He was moved to left-back, however, after playing the first game in a more natural position at right-back.
It’s fair to say that the move wasn’t overly fruitful. Some player ratings from Sports Net have suggested as much following the contest.
They gave Laryea a 6/10 for his performance and claimed that he struggled to get one attribute of his game going.
The publication wrote: “Sunday wasn’t as eventful for Laryea but he was solid at the back when Canada needed him.
“The only wish Canadians would have wanted from Laryea was to be more influential in the final third, but Croatia’s defence rendered that task moot.”
Laryea played as World Cup hopes end
Canada have one game remaining against Morocco but they’ve seen their chances of progressing evaporate into the Qatar air.
Laryea has been a quality performer for Canada over the years and he was very good during qualification.
Forest added the player to their ranks in January as a backup to Djed Spence who was the first-choice option at right-back.
He made five appearances for the Reds and started the final game of the 2021/22 campaign at Hull.
It’s unclear what the future holds, although he will spend the 2022/23 campaign on loan with former club Toronto FC.
Laryea does have the option to play at left-back as well as right-back and he could become a useful player for the Reds.
The tricky performer can feel quite satisfied with his displays at the World Cup but he will still be hurting that Canada have been eliminated.