The Under-20 World Cup will be held this summer in New Zealand, and at least one young Tottenham Hotspur player will be playing "down under." English-American center back Cameron Carter-Vickers was named to the USA U20 national team squad which will compete in the World Cup in late May.
Carter-Vickers, 17, is a highly-regarded prospect in Tottenham Hotspur's academy and is widely tipped to be one of the best young prospects at the club. He's a big center back with excellent defensive skills, and is credited especially for his composure on the ball and his one-on-one defending. Born in England, he has American citizenship by virtue of his father, former LSU star and professional basketball player Howard Carter.
This is an excellent opportunity for Carter-Vickers to gain important international experience. While it's unlikely that he will feature for the Tottenham Hotspur first team next season in any major capacity, a good performance in New Zealand could lead to a loan to a Football League club where he will get significant first team minutes. The U20 World Cup is also a major pipeline to the USA senior national team; though Carter-Vickers isn't locked into USA yet (having not made his full international debut), he's surely on USA manager Jurgen Klinsmann's radar.
USA was drawn into Group A of the World Cup, where they join tournament hosts New Zealand, Myanmar, and Ukraine. Their opening match is against Myanmar on May 30.
USA U20 World Cup Squad
GOALKEEPERS (3): Jeff Caldwell (University of Virginia; Todd, N.C.), Ethan Horvath (Molde FK; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Zack Steffen (Freiburg; Downingtown, Pa.)
DEFENDERS (6): Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur; Westcliff on Sea, England), Matthew Miazga (New York Red Bulls; Clifton, N.J.), Shaquell Moore (Unattached; Powder Springs, Ga.), Erik Palmer-Brown (Sporting Kansas City; Lee's Summit, Mo.), Desevio Payne (FC Groningen; Greenwood, S.C.), John Requejo (Club Tijuana; Carpinteria, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas; Plano, Texas), Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana; Chula Vista, Calif.), Russell Canouse (Hoffenheim; Lancaster, Pa.), Marco Delgado (Toronto FC; Glendora, Calif.), Emerson Hyndman (Fulham; Dallas, Texas), Joel Soñora (Boca Juniors; Buenos Aires, Argentina)
FORWARDS (5): Jordan Allen (Real Salt Lake; Rochester, N.Y.), Bradford Jamieson IV (LA Galaxy; Los Angeles, Calif.), Rubio Rubin (Utrecht; Beaverton, Ore.), Maki Tall (Red Star; Washington, D.C.), Tommy Thompson (San Jose Earthquakes; Loomis, Calif.)