Yesterday we told you of two young Tottenham Hotspur players who will be representing England in the U20 World Cup which kicks off May 20 in South Korea. But there’s another player who will also be featuring for his country: 19-year old central defender Cameron Carter-Vickers was named to Tab Ramos’ USA squad.
Carter-Vickers is no stranger to USA’s setup: he’s represented Team USA at the U18, U20, and (already) U23 levels. He has yet to earn a senior cap, but the feeling is that it’s probably just a matter of time before he gets a call up from Bruce Arena. CCV is eligible to play for both England and USA — he’s the son of former professional basketball player Howard “Hi-C” Carter — but despite growing up in England he has chosen to play his youth football with the Yanks.
However, his selection is slightly curious, as he’s been battling a knee injury at Tottenham for the past number of weeks. Just five days ago the club posted a tweet picturing CCV and noting that he’s continuing to rehabilitate and would be out for the rest of the season, though it’s possible that he’s just very close to being fit and will be ready in time for the World Cup.
TEAM NEWS: Cameron Carter-Vickers (knee) – Continuing his rehabilitation, remains unlikely to be available for the remainder of this season. pic.twitter.com/IpGWgC6ErQ— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) May 4, 2017
Carter-Vickers joins a U20 USA squad that also features Arsenal’s Gedion Zelalem, Fulham’s Marlon Fossey & Luca De La Torre.
USA is in World Cup Group F along with Ecuador, Saudi Arabia, and Senegal. USA’s first match is against Ecuador on May 22 in Incheon. USA was one of the favorites to win at the last U20 World Cup in 2015 but fell in the quarterfinals to Tottenham academy graduate Milos Veljkovic and eventual champions Serbia.