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Floro open to foreign-born quartet pledging their allegiance to Canada

Benito Floro says it is not an issue for players born outside of the country to represent the Canadian national team.

Vancouver Whitecaps pair Gershon Koffie (Ghana) and Camilo Sanvezzo (Brazil) as well as Montreal Impact duo Hassoun Camara (France) and Felipe Martins (Brazil) have either received their Canadian residence status or are in the process of submitting their application and have all expressed their desire to represent the Canucks.

Floro, who recently held his first camp with the Canadian side, feels this will not be a problem for his squad going forward.

"For me, the person is from two places: Where you were born and grew up and then where he decides to live," Floro told MLSsoccer.com through a translator on Tuesday.

"In my mind, [borders don't exist]. It is a delicate subject but for me - if they are very good players and they love Canada and they want to participate, for me, I'll never have a problem."

The former Real Madrid boss also said that he had been doing some scouting of Canadian-born players but will definitely consider the foreign-born quartet.

"I went to England, Turkey, and watching the Canadian players abroad but I haven't seen especially these players," Floro added.

"I want to see all Canadians and all who want to be Canadians as well."

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