The West Ham United defender had a difficult night at right-back as Benito Floro's men lost 3-0 in their first World Cup qualifier of 2016.
Canada’s hopes of sneaking into the Hexagonal round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying took a blow on Friday night as they fell to a 3-0 defeat to Mexico in Vancouver.
A draw for Benito Floro’s men would have been a huge result against the regional champions, but after a goalless opening half-hour, El Tri showed their superior quality when Javier Hernandez opened the scoring with a strong header from Miguel Layun’s cross.
Hirving Lozano subsequently made it 2-0 eight minutes later, running with the ball through Canada’s half before slotting home, before Jesus Manuel Corona complete the scoring 18 minutes from the end to secure the visitors a comfortable win.
The 2-2 draw between Honduras and El Salvador keeps Les Rouges in second place in Group A ahead of Tuesday night's rematch with Mexico at the Estadio Azteca, but their qualification hopes are still very much in the balance with three games of the semi-final stages left.
Floro’s side were impressively tight at the back during their opening two matches, but they seemed to go with a more open approach against the table-toppers and were consequently made to pay, as the defence was put under intense pressure from start to finish.
West Ham United’s Doneil Henry was one of the players tasked with trying to contain Mexico’s high-powered attack, but he offered little in the way of resistance. The 22-year-old centre-half started the match in his less-than-favourable right-back role and proceeded to endure a rough outing, as he failed to keep up with the pace of the game on the right flank and proved poor going forward.
Having played barely any first-team football since joining the Hammers in January 2015 due to injuries, his struggles in an unnatural position were hardly surprising, but the reviews of his performance on Twitter after the match were still no less scathing.
Henry is wasted at RB, need a natural there. The inevitable happened. #CanMNT— Andrew Brennan (@Andrewbrennan97) March 26, 2016
#CanMNT every game I say the same thing wtf is Henry doing on the field— KennedyMTL (@KennedySCP12) March 26, 2016
Henry just doesn't have the footwork to play in a wing position #CanMnt— Wolf Of Walmart (@L3ojangles) March 26, 2016
Henry is embarrassing. What did West Ham see in him? #CanMNT— Roberto Almeida (@rcalmeida17) March 26, 2016
Not understanding Henry at right back? #CanMNT no decent right backs in the squad? Offers nothing forward, exposed in 1v1s in wide areas— Jordan Brown (@jrdnbrwn23) March 26, 2016
I often tweeted that Doniel Henry was just terrible for Toronto FC. They got rid of him, but oops, he's still disturbingly bad for #CanMNT— Josh Cruddas (@joshcruddas) March 26, 2016
#CanMNT Doneil Henry has been dreadful tonight. Really difficult performance.— Mike Martignago (@MikeMartignago) March 26, 2016
Henry has a long career with the #CanMNT however tonight proved , you play players in positions to succeed. Ouimette should start .— Alex Lach (@olo114) March 26, 2016