Carter-Vickers delighted with Klinsmann call-up
08 November 2016|Tottenham Hotspur
Cameron Carter-Vickers said he was “over the moon” after getting a personal phone call from Jurgen Klinsmann to inform him of his first senior international call-up.
Our legendary former striker, now manager of the United States national side, named the 18-year-old centre-back in a 26-man squad for this month’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Mexico and Costa Rica on Sunday night.
It comes as another boost for the young academy product, who has featured regularly in our matchday squad in all competitions this season and started against Gillingham and Liverpool in the EFL Cup for his first two senior competitive appearances after an impressive pre-season campaign over the summer.
Having represented the States at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in New Zealand in 2015 and captained the same age group in a four-nation tournament in the Manchester area last month, Cameron believes this latest development represents timely progress and is excited to have the opportunity to work under a coach with whom he shares a Spurs connection.
“Jurgen called me to let me know that I was going to be in the squad – I was over the moon!” beamed the Southend-born defender. “It was nice to talk to him, exciting as well. He did a lot of good things at Tottenham, he’s regarded as a legend so it’s definitely good to have that link.
“This is what I’ve been working towards and I’m really excited to go out there and get training with the team. Especially the cup game at Anfield recently, it was a really good experience for me, I learned a lot from that game so this call-up is another step in the right direction and now I have to keep working. I’ll go there, work hard in training and see what happens.”
Jurgen (pictured, above) isn’t the only person Cameron knows around his national set-up – our former right-back DeAndre Yedlin, now at Newcastle United, has been a staple of the American side in recent years and Cameron believes his familiarity with the speedy right-sider can help him settle into the squad.
“It’s only really DeAndre and possibly a few other players that I’ve played with in the youth teams that I’ll have worked with before,” he said. “It will be good to see DeAndre, I haven’t seen him since he left for Newcastle but it’s good to see that he’s doing well up there and it will be nice to see him and have a chat.”
The States’ opening fixture of this international period, in the early hours of Saturday morning, sees them renew their rivalry with Mexico with World Cup qualifying points at stake – quite a first game for Cameron to experience!
“Of course it’s a big rivalry between the two countries and I’m really excited to take in the atmosphere and just be around it,” he added. “It’ll be great to be around the team and see what it’s like to be around a big game like that. Through the youth ranks, I’ve never played against Mexico and since I’ve been with the USA it’s something that I’ve always wanted to do.”