En route from Ottawa

Hear the word Canada and you probably think of ice hockey, maple syrup and gorgeous actors named Ryan (but mainly ice hockey).

Like their southern neighbours, Canadians have yet to truly embrace the beautiful game, and that means their contribution to the Premier League, so far, has been fairly limited.

In fact, many of the players who feature on this list were born outside of Canada, and presumably took up the sport after encouragement from European or Caribbean parents, rather than because of their adopted country’s footballing infrastructure.

Slowly but surely, things seem to be changing. In Montreal Impact, Toronto FC and Vancouver Whitecaps, Canada now boasts three teams in the predominantly US-based Major League Soccer – with Chelsea legend Didier Drogba among the growing list of stars to have played there (and in packed, atmospheric stadiums too).

In the meantime, there have so far been 10 Canadians to ply their trade in England’s top flight since 1992 – and we’ve ranked all of them from worst to best.

Admittedly, the list is largely made up journeyman players who struggled to settle at one club (and in some cases, make an impression at football’s top level at all) – but in Radzinski, the top spot goes to a forward of genuine quality.

With football on the rise in Canada, and Premier League scouts now casting an increasingly wide net in search of the stars of tomorrow, the revised list in 10 or 20 years time will probably look a little better.

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