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calum ferguson_250Inverness lad Calum Ferguson, an emerging striker with Caley Thistle, has been called up to play for Canada in an international youth tournament in Spain next month.

Ferguson, who scored for the first team in the recent pre-season game with Clach, is qualified to play for Canada because his mother is Canadian.

Calum has been selected for the Maple Leaf country's squad for the under-19 tourney in Alcudia from August 7 to 22.

Former Scotland forward Duncan Shearer, coach of Caley Jags' under-19s, said: "Calum has come through our youth system for the past several years and has made excellent progress and his international call-up is great news.

"He's been notified that the Canadian side will be playing ties against Argentina, Japan, Belarus and Bulgaria. If they qualify, they could face host country Spain.

"It's a very exciting opportunity for the lad and a reward for his commitment and hard work at this club."

Calum is set to become the first Canadian international at Caley Jags since Richard Hastings and Davide Xausa, both Canadian born.

Signed by Steve Paterson from Inverness youth football, Hastings made 180 appearances between 1994 and 2001 and had a second spell at the club from 2004 to 2009, making 133 appearances. He played for Brora Rangers last season but is unattached.

Xausa was signed from Dutch side Dordrecht 90 in 1999 and went on to score 17 goals in 41 starts. He was then snapped up by Livingston whom he helped finish third in the SPL and qualify for Europe, scoring 15 goals in 68 games for Livvy.

Later he moved back home to Vancouver Whitecaps where he won the last of his 32 full international caps. At 37, he is still playing with minor club Vancouver Columbus.

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