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Michael Petrasso on Canada ambitions

11 March 2014

The on-loan City winger hopes the Canadian national team are watching his progress at the Sky Blues...

Coventry City midfielder Michael Petrasso believes his time with the Sky Blues can help his ambitions with the Canadian national team.

The 18-year old was invited to a Canadian training camp during the international break in October so the national team’s coaching staff could assess his progress.

Petrasso has started every game during his time with City whilst on loan from QPR and the two clubs are currently looking to extend his loan spell at the Sky Blues.

The on-loan winger hopes his time with City has improved him his skills and that the national team coaching staff has been watching his progress.

Petrasso said: “I’ve been involved with the national programme for around three years now and I’ve always really enjoyed it.

“I’ll be part of the Under-20s group going into the World Cup qualifications. The national team are very good with plenty of quality currently in the squad.

“I am still young but if I keep playing the way I am for Coventry then the national team might start to look at me as an option.

“I would love to get a cap because to play for your national team is the ultimate ambition. If I can get that cap in the coming year, that’ll be great.”

Petrasso made his Football League debut at Gillingham for Oldham Athletic whilst on loan at the Latics and he scored the winner in a 1-0 win for Lee Johnson’s side.

He added: “Playing league football and being around the first-team is massive for me and my progression.

“I’m sure the Canadian coaches are watching what I’m doing here as time spent in league football rather than reserve football is definitely more valuable.

“If I keep going and keep pushing, I might break into the squad. The standard of English league football was widely known in world football so it is helping me.”

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