Cameron Carter-Vickers hailed the “top-notch” dedication and consistency of former teammate Harry Kane forward of the USA’ showdown with England.
Like Kane, Carter-Vickers got here via Tottenham’s academy however, having spent most of his 13-year spell out on mortgage, he departed for Celtic on a everlasting deal in July.
However the defender shall be reunited with the England skipper on Friday, when the Stars and Stripes and Three Lions face off in Group B on the Al Bayt Stadium.
And Carter-Vickers heaped reward on Kane, who’s three targets away from breaking Wayne Rooney’s all-time nationwide goalscoring document.
He stated: “Coaching with him, you’ll be able to see on daily basis how arduous he works, his dedication not simply on the sphere, off the sphere as effectively. It’s top-notch, and you’ll see how constant he has been during the last so a few years now.
“That solely comes in case you are doing the correct factor day in and day trip. You can say that most likely coming from the academy at Tottenham, you look as much as gamers like him and different gamers within the first crew taking part in effectively and persistently performing.”
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An unused substitute within the 1-1 draw with Wales, Southend-born Carter-Vickers will hope to make his World Cup bow in opposition to Gareth Southgate’s aspect, who opened with a commanding 6-2 win over Iran.
The 24-year-old qualifies for the USA via his father – former basketball participant Howard Carter – and has added motivation to attain a constructive consequence in opposition to the nation of his delivery.
“Clearly, after I noticed the group was drawn, and I noticed we have been in the identical group as England, I used to be excited,” he added.
“They’re one of many prime groups on this planet. To have the ability to play in opposition to them and match up in opposition to them to see the place you’re is an effective factor.
“They’ve received a squad filled with prime gamers. So I believe everyone knows that we’ve got to place in considered one of our greatest performances to beat them.
“It’s a recreation that I actually need to win, identical to another recreation within the World Cup. I’m not too certain how I’m going to really feel when the sport comes round. However I do know that I’ll be doing every thing I can to try to assist the crew win.”
Carter-Vickers’ teammate Yunus Musah additionally grew up in England, the previous Arsenal trainee representing the Three Lions at numerous youth ranges earlier than committing to the USA in March 2021.
The Valencia midfielder, who turned the Stars and Stripes’ first teenage World Cup starter in opposition to Wales, is eagerly anticipating the conflict.
“I’ve a variety of respect for them for every thing they’ve carried out for me,” he stated. “I don’t suppose I fairly know the way I’m going to really feel that day.
“Nevertheless it’s a particular recreation, for certain, as a result of I performed on either side. And to have the ability to be on the pitch with the identical nationwide crew I used to play with is simply particular.”