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John Herdman interview: Meet the Englishman helping Canada to dream big at Qatar World Cup

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It’s the summer of 1986 and excitement is building in two very different part of the globe. In Canada, the country is preparing for its first ever World Cup finals, under the guidance of an English manager, Tony Waiters, who narrowly missed out on selection for his country’s World Cup squad in 1966.

In the North East, there’s a similar sense of anticipation as a budding 10-year-old footballer busies himself with the task of completing his 1986 Panini World Cup sticker album.

England’s players are given the large sticker treatment, with the likes of Gary Lineker and Peter Shilton afforded full squares in the album.

Canada's players, meanwhile, assume the role of second-class citizens, their players squeezed into Panini pairs on the page. “Something about it didn’t seem fair,” says John Herdman, laughing.

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