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Canada, France and Spain turmoil: Why some players are shunning their national teams

Four months before the World Cup kicks off in Australia and New Zealand, several leading nations are in disarray.

Canada, Spain and France have made headlines in recent months as disputes between players and federations have escalated.

Players have raised concerns about equal pay, a lack of professional resources and how they are being managed for their national teams.

BBC Sport has been speaking to Fern Whelan from the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) about what can be done to prevent these situations arising, as well as taking a closer look at how those teams ended up in this position.

Canada’s national team are embroiled in a dispute with Canada Soccer (CSA) over equal pay.

Last month, players announced a strike over pay equity concerns and a lack of funding that they said would compromise their performances.

It was subsequently called off because of the governing body’s threats of legal action, but the players protested during the recent SheBelieves Cup by wearing purple T-shirts with the phrase “enough is enough” written on the front before their matches.

Players have now threatened to boycott a camp in April if demands are not met.

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