This has got to be the most entertaining thread that is active on this board. Weve come full circle back to the piss baggers once again.
There is no doubt that Jono is looking at international play with the exact same viewpoint as he does with his club play. His view is what is best for him and his career? There is no emotion or sentimentality about about it. He is not like some of our players, who were willing to risk losing their starting roles with their club in order to play for Canada. Jono won't sacrifice anything unless there is something in it for him. If it suits his purpose to come back to Canada at a future date, I have no doubt that he will. But everything will be done on his terms and timeline.
One more thought about this: if you have been around here long enough, you will remember that Radzinski's career has some parallels compared to Jono except that Radz committed to Canada very early on. Radz only answered the call when it suited him for several years. I remember he wasn't too available during our last time in the hex in 1997. They really could've used him but he came up with various excuses to not show as his club career was flourishing. I believe he even expressed regret that he committed to Canada when he could've played for Poland. However, as he matured, he really stepped up and now Canada fans have mostly forgotten this. Could we see this with Jono? Possibly but there is no point in spending too much time worrying about it.
^ Radzinski showed up for the first half of the Hex and was pissed that he was being used mostly as a right midfielder in the 4-4-2 formation (Bunbury and Pesch were the forwards) but continued to play for Canada. After the Jamaica game in Sept. '97 Radz finally listened to his club coach who had been telling him that he was wasting his time with Canada and stopped answering the call.
Holger approached him about coming back into the fold in 2000 and Radz seemed receptive, but ended up being a tease for the next 3-4 years until he left Everton and joined Fulham. I have no first hand knowledge, but pretty sure the problem was with the Everton brass not wanting him to play internationally as he instantly joined us after leaving there.
"We are back bitches" - Adolf Hitler.
Maybe Julian's the one being a misleading jerk, and Jonathan was actually sincere this whole time?