Canada will take to the pitch in their first World Cup match in 36 years on Wednesday when they play Belgium.

Canada has produced an Olympic gold medal-winning women’s team, but the men’s side lagged behind their peers until manager John Herdman took the reins in 2018.

Canada are in a tough group with second-ranked Belgium as well as 2018 World Cup finalists Croatia and Morocco, who were unbeaten in African qualifying.

Canada have qualified automatically as one of the hosts of the 2026 tournament and will benefit from the expansion of the 32-nation tournament to 48.

Belgium's "Golden Generation" will begin their final shot at World Cup glory against Canada on Wednesday

Canada arrive in Qatar as the designated underdog - a role coach John Herdman knows all too well having played the part his entire career.

At the 1986 World Cup Canada failed to score a single goal and there are some betting that the 500/1 longshots, who are grouped with the second ranked Belgium