David Edgar looks set to make Hartlepool United history after being called up for his country.

Signed last week, the centre-half is part of the Canadian squad for their Concacaf National League qualifying match against French Guiana on Sunday, March 24.

It means he will miss Pools’ home game with Wrexham, as he will return home after this weekend’s game at Barnet.

But, if selected, he will become only the second player to be capped at international level while playing for Pools. Ambrose Fogarty, the former Sunderland player, made one Republic of Ireland appearance in 1964.

Edgar is one of three centre-halves in the squad picked by national coach John Herdman, who was born and bred in Newcastle and was appointed coach after a successful spell in charge of the Canadian women’s side.

Herdman has steered his adopted country to four wins from four games in 2018, scoring 15 times and not conceding.

Edgar has four goals in 42 games for his country and has only made two Pools appearances, against Fylde on Tuesday and Dover last weekend.

The game is significant as Canada need to win to guarantee a place in the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup tournament this summer and into the Concacaf Nations League Group A, which has been introduced to the international calendar.

Pools have finally received international clearance for midfielder Gavan Holohan and the Irish midfielder will be in the squad for the weekend’s game at Barnet.