Canada have secured their first men's FIFA World Cup place since 1986 ©Getty Images

Canada booked their place at the men’s FIFA World Cup for the first time since 1986 by beating Jamaica in the latest round of Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) qualifiers.

Canada had been expected to seal a place at the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup in the final three rounds of fixtures during the current international window.

The Canadian team were forced to wait after losing 1-0 away to Costa Rica on Thursday (March 24).

Their progression was effectively ensured in the first half against Jamaica yesterday, with goals from Cyle Larin and Tajon Buchanan giving Canada a 2-0 half-time lead.

A second half strike from Junior Hoilett and an own goal from Adrian Mariappa saw Canada finish as 4-0 winners in front of 29,122 spectators at the BMO Field in Toronto, a record attendance for a men’s national team fixture at the venue.

Canada are now assured of one of three direct CONCACAF places for Qatar 2022, leading the eight-team group with eight wins, four draws and one loss from their 13 matches.

Larin and Jonathan David have been the top scorers in the third round of CONCACAF qualification, finding the net on 13 and nine times respectively during the campaign.

Canada will appear at the men’s FIFA World Cup for just the second time, after participating at Mexico 1986.

The squad, which includes Bayern Munich star Alphonso Davies, will hope to earn the nation’s first victory at the finals at Qatar 2022.

United States and Mexico appear poised to join Canada in earning direct qualification for Qatar 2022, following wins in their latest matches.

The United States effectively secured their FIFA World Cup berth with victory over Panama last night ©Getty Images
The United States effectively secured their FIFA World Cup berth with victory over Panama last night ©Getty Images

A Christian Pulisic hat-trick helped the US seal a 5-1 victory over Panama at the Exploria Stadium in Orlando, while Edson Alvarez scored the only goal in Mexico’s away win over Honduras in San Pedro Sula.

Both the US and Mexico are assured of at least an intercontinental playoff place, with the teams having a three-point cushion over fourth-placed Costa Rica, who were 2-1 winners away against El Salvador.

Costa Rica would require a sizeable victory over the United States to stand a chance of earning direct qualification to Qatar 2022.

Mexico could secure their eighth-successive men’s FIFA World Cup appearance against El Salvador on Wednesday (March 30).

The US could banish memories of their failure to qualify for Russia 2018 when the play Costa Rica on the same day.

Costa Rica appear set to play an intercontinental playoff match against the Oceania Football Confederation representatives in June to secure a place at Qatar 2022.

The group stage draw for Qatar 2022 is due to be held on April 1.