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Canadian Ismael Koné leaves CF Montreal for England's Watford

Midfielder Ismael Koné is leaving CF Montreal for England's Watford, becoming the second member of Canada's World Cup squad to switch teams since leaving Qatar.

Follows former Montreal teammate Alistair Johnston in heading to Europe

Ismael Kone, left, saw action in each of Canada's three games at the World Cup. (Jack Guez/AFP via Getty Images)

Midfielder Ismael Koné is leaving CF Montreal for England's Watford, becoming the second member of Canada's World Cup squad to switch teams since leaving Qatar.

Watford, which plays in England's second-tier Championship, said the 20-year-old Koné will join the club Jan. 1 on a 4 1/2-year contract.

Koné follows former Montreal teammate Alistair Johnston in heading to Europe. The 24-year-old fullback/wingback's transfer to Scotland's Glasgow Celtic was confirmed Saturday.

Koné saw action in each of Canada's three games at the World Cup, coming off the bench against Belgium, Croatia and Morocco. He has won nine caps in all.

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