Tottenham loanee Carter-Vickers called up to United States squad

Cameron Carter-Vickers battles at Ashton Gate. Picture Pagepix

Cameron Carter-Vickers battles at Ashton Gate. Picture Pagepix - Credit: Pagepix Ltd

Ipswich Town defender Cameron Carter-Vickers has been called up to the United States squad for their friendly with Paraguay during the international break.

Carter-Vickers, who has impressed since joining the Blues on loan from Tottenham in January, has previously won one cap for the United States but will be hoping to add to that in the game in North Carolina.

The game at Sahlen’s Stadium at Wakemed Soccer Park in Cary will kick off at 12.30am UK time on Wednesday, March 28.

Carter-Vickers qualifies for the United States through his father, Howard Carter, who played in the NBA for the Denver Nuggets and Dallas Mavericks before moving to Europe.

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Speaking about his international aspirations recently, Carter-Vickers said: “It’s through my dad that I have played for the USA at international level. “I’ve played for them since I was 17 or 18 and I always enjoying meeting up with them for the games. I know the players well by now and I look forward to going over there.

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“They failed to qualify for the World Cup this year and everyone associated with US soccer – I have to call it that – was very disappointed.

“It’s like the start of a new era over there and young guys like me have to try to step up a level. The one senior game I played was a friendly so I could still play for England if they wanted me and I decided to do that.

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“I always enjoy going to represent the USA and I’m passionate about it.”

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The United States have not qualified for this summer’s World Cup, with national team boss Dave Sarachan using the game as an opportunity to look at a number of younger players.

“This match once again represents an opportunity for some new faces,” he said.

“The roster has an average age under 24, so for the most part this is a group of younger players that we feel have a future with the national team along with some familiar names.

“The timing is right to give these guys international exposure, and they will certainly be tested against a strong and experienced Paraguayan team.”

USA MNT SQUAD: Alex Bono (Toronto FC), Bill Hamid (Midtjylland), Zack Steffen (Columbus Crew), Cameron Carter-Vickers (Ipswich Town), Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest), Matt Miazga (Vitesse), Shaq Moore (Levante), Erik Palmer-Brown (Kortrijk), Antonee Robinson (Bolton Wanderers), Jorge Villafaña (Santos Laguna), DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United), Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls), Marky Delgado (Toronto FC), Weston McKennie (Schalke/), Darlington Nagbe (Atlanta United), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders), Kenny Saief (Anderlecht), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew), Tim Weah (Paris Saint-Germain), Andrija Novakovich (Telstar), Rubio Rubin (Club Tijuana), Bobby Wood (Hamburg).

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