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TORONTO - Canada looks to kick-start its rise from the depths of the FIFA rankings when it takes on Panama on Tuesday in the unfriendly confines of Panama City.Canada currently languishes at a career-low No. 122, sandwiched between Niger and Liberia. FIFA also has the Canadian men ranked 16th in CONCACAF, which covers North and Central America and the Caribbean.Panama stands 56th in the world and fourth in CONCACAF.Canadian coach Benito Floro is pragmatic about the low-rent soccer neighbourhood his team is currently occupying in the rankings.While acknowledging that Central American countries play more games than Canada so can collect more points in the rankings, Floro is not making excuses.I think its fair, the Spaniard said via an interpreter Monday in a media conference call from Panama City. Were trying to improve and to get more games to try to improve in the rankings.Canadas best ranking was No. 40, achieved in December 1996. Its average ranking is 76 since the ratings began in August 1993.Under Floro, Canada is 1-5-3, having defeated Jamaica, lost to Colombia, Mauritania, Australia, the Czech Republic and Slovenia and tied Mauritania, Bulgaria and Moldova.The Jamaica victory in September ended a 16-game winless slide that started prior to Floro and included a 10-game 959-minute scoring drought.On the plus side, Canada is 1-1-2 in 2014, performing admirably most recently in a 1-0 loss to third-ranked Colombia.Floro, whose coaching resume includes a stint at Real Madrid from 1992 to 1994 as well as teams in Spain, Ecuador, Japan, Mexico and Morocco, says results are not very very important for us. His emphasis continues to be teaching and getting the tactics and style of play right.Hes very detailed and I think the players are really starting to see the results of buying into his ideas, said veteran forward Dwayne De Rosario.Panama will be a stiff test at home, which is just what Floro wants. He knows his team will have to get used to the heat and hostility in Central America when it comes to matches that count.Canada lost 2-0 at Estadio Rommel Fernandez in World Cup qualifying in September 2012 just four days after beating the Panamanians 1-0 at Torontos BMO Field on a 77th-minute De Rosario goal.The local fans subjected the Canadians to a loud, all-night party outside their hotel last time in Panama City. That shouldnt happen this time since both teams are sharing the same hotel. Floros current squad in Panama features a select group of veterans with a lot of youth.Six of the starters from that 2012 Panama loss are in Floros tour party: goalie Lars Hirschfeld, defender David Edgar, midfielders Patrice Bernier, Julian de Guzman and Atiba Hutchinson and De Rosario. Four of the substitutes that day are also in the current Canadian squad.Canada and Panama tied 0-0 at Denver in the 2013 Gold Cup, the last game before Floro took chargeAsked about young forward Lucas Cavallini, who is not in camp, Floro said he was an interesting player who had declined numerous invitations to join the national team.Right now he will have to wait for the other strikers that have been showing up to see what the development is and whats going to happen with them, he said.Floro was also asked about Ethan Finlay and Tesho Akindele, two MLS players who can also play for the United States.Floro said he has been following Finlay but the Columbus Crew winger would have to come to a national team camp to be evaluated properly. Akindele turned down an invitation for this camp with Floro saying the FC Dallas forward has a very tough decision to make right now.Follow @NeilMDavidson on Twitter Trey Hendrickson Jersey . 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Modin, 36, tallied seven goals and three assists in 36 games with the Thrashers this season. The Sundsvall, Sweden, native has posted 232 goals and 230 assists in 894 career NHL games with Toronto, Tampa Bay, Columbus, Los Angeles and Atlanta and has appeared in 57 post-season contests, helping the Lightning capture the 2004 Stanley Cup Championship.Toby Alderweireld has assured Tottenham fans that the side will be a wiser one next season - and better equiped for a title challenge. A superb run of form in the early spring propelled Tottenham right into title contention, their exhilarating brand of attacking football keeping them on the coat-tails of Leicester City.A stumble in the final furlong saw them fall short in agonising fashion but Belgium international Alderweireld insists next season can yield greater dividends. Tottenhams draw with West Brom was the first sign that their title challenge was faltering Reflecting on the final day defeat at Newcastle, he told Sky Sports News HQ: Of course we were very disappointed because all of Tottenham wanted to get second you know but overall at the end we have to think we had a good season. I think it was our worst game of the season and we didnt want that to happen so like I said next season is a new season.ddddddddddddWe have got guaranteed Champions League football which we have not had for a couple of years so it is the next step for the club. Thats important and next season we can come back stronger. Erik Lamela of Tottenham (centre) looks dejected after losing 5-1 to Newcastle We want to win it, and we will go for it. I think we now have a different mindset from the one we had at the beginning of this season. Then we were thinking the top four would be brilliant now we are thinking more than that, we want to go one better. 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