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Cap could fit Richard

By Scott Burns

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1 March 2007

The Daily Express



© 2007 Express Newspapers

INVERNESS star Richard Hastings is in line for a recall to the Canadian international side.

The left-back has caught the eye of caretaker Canada boss Morgan Quarry and is set to be named in his squad for this month's friendly in Bermuda.

The 29-year-old hasn't played for the Maple Leafs since they crashed 3-0 in a friendly against the Republic of Ireland back in November 2003.

Hastings, though, has been a stand-out for Inverness in the SPL this season and that has given him the chance to add to his current 31-cap haul.

Playing for his homeland brought the Caley Thistle star one of the highlights of his career when he scored as Canada lifted the Gold Cup in 2000.

The return to international action will come as a boost to Hastings, who is out of contract in the summer.

He has already been offered a new two-year deal by Caley Thistle boss Charlie Christie, but is also attracting interest from Swedish side Djurgardens and MLS new boys Toronto, who are managed by former Scotland star Mo Johnston.

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A little more Scottish press on Hastings.

Caley Thistle defender hastings in line for Canada recall

Paul Smith

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15 March 2007

Aberdeen Press & Journal




© 2007 The Press and Journal Limited .

Caley Thistle defender Richard Hastings is refusing to dream of a Gold Cup double despite his return to the Canadian international squad.

The Prince George-born player has been named in interim head coach Stephen Hart's 19-man pool for the country's first game of the year.

The Canadians face Bermuda on March 25 and gather this weekend in the island's capital Hamilton for a training camp leading up to the game.

Hastings, who has not played for his country since 2003 and has impressed with solid performances in the SPL, is one of a handful of Europe-based players, including FC Copenhagen's Atiba Hutchinson, named.

Hart said: "We had a camp in Florida where we were fortunate to have most of the North American-based players for an extended period.

"This is another excellent opportunity for the European based players to come together, train and play."

Hastings is competing for a place in the squad for the Concacaf Gold Cup from June 6 to June 24 in Miami, East Rutherford, Carson, Houston and Foxborough.

Canada are ranked ninth in Concacaf, but are aiming for a repeat of their Gold Cup win in 2000.

The Caley Jags defender was part of the team which won the tournament seven years ago, but insists he is not looking beyond next weekend's game in Bermuda.

Hastings said: "I have had to live without international football for three and a half years so I'm not getting my hopes too high. I hadn't given up on playing for Canada again and it's great to be involved again after so long out.

"I haven't really thought about the Gold Cup. I'll take this one game as it comes and see if it leads to anything."

The 29-year-old, capped 31 times, was aware of reports he was on the verge of a recall, but insists confirmation came as a pleasant surprise.

He added: "There were rumours I'd be invited back into the squad, but I hadn't heard anything officially.

"If you ask any professional player the most important thing is to play well enough to keep your place in the your club side. I've been performing consistently enough to do that with Caley Thistle this season and it is nice to get recognition of that from the Canadian coaches."

Hastings, who is in talks to extend his Inverness Caley Thistle contract which expires in the summer, will fly out to join up with his international colleagues on Sunday after playing for Caley Thistle in Saturday's match against Dunfermline.

He will return to the Highlands on March 27 but does not miss any club action due to the international break next weekend.

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