National team coach says there's no new news in regards to having Jonathan de Guzman and Junior Hoilett eventually don Canada colours.Canadian fans waiting to hear news about Villarreal's Jonathan de Guzman and Blackburn's Junior Hoilett joining the national team will have to wait a little bit longer.
National team head coach Stephen Hart told reporters in a conference call on Thursday that nothing's changed in regards to the two highly-touted Canadian-born players, although he's hopeful that at least one will be able to suit up for Canada soon.
"I've had some ongoing discussions with Jonathan on what needs to be done, and with Junior nothing's changed," Hart said.
De Guzman has previously represented Holland in youth competition and would need to file for a nationality switch with FIFA before he can join his older brother, Toronto FC midfielder and longtime Canada servant Julian de Guzman, on the Canadian team.
The problem for the younger de Guzman is that his Dutch citizenship, which the former Feyenoord player obtained once he turned 18, has caused complications in obtaining the proper Canadian paperwork necessary to satisfy FIFA regulations.
It's something that Hart is willing to be patient with.
"We're talking about immigration issues here, and it's not something that's in our control," Hart explained. "I'm proceeding with the players that are available and if something develops, then so be it."
As for Hoilett, the 21-year-old is eligible to represent Jamiaca through family ties and has not publicly stated whether he wishes to join Hart's squad. The Brampton, Ontario, native has maintained that his first prioirty is his club career and has remained quiet on his international future.
With Blackburn sitting precariously atop the relegation zone in England's Premier League, it could be a while before Hoilett turns his attention to an international career.