Hart expects Dwayne De Rosario to answer Canada's call

Dwayne De Rosario should keep waiting by his phone for a call from his homeland.

Canadian National Team head coach Stephen Hart said in a conference call on Tuesday that he expects the Red Bulls midfielder to be available to play in the CONCACAF Gold Cup this June if picked.

"If we were to select Dwayne, we expect him to be there for the tournament," said Hart. "It’s as simple as that."

Hart clarified De Rosario's eligibility to rebut a previous comment by Red Bulls head coach Hans Backe that the Canadian international turned down an invitation to join his native national side. Backe later recanted his statement after De Rosario affirmed his interest in playing for the Canucks this June and assured De Rosario that New York would not object to his potential selection by Hart.

“I don’t think the Red Bulls will object,” Hart said. “They will not be happy — nobody’s going to be happy that they’re losing potentially quite a few players to this tournament — but it is the official tournament of the confederation and, if selected, Dwayne will be there.”

Though Hart has not finalized the roster, it is expected that De Rosario will join Red Bulls 'keeper Greg Sutton on the Canadian side.

Canada will open their CONCACAF Gold Cup run against the U.S. Men's National Team at Ford Field in Detroit on June 7 at 8 p.m.