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Tottenham’s Carter-Vickers called up to USA squad

A promising showing for the USMNT could put CCV on the plane to... oh, never mind.

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Cameron Carter-Vickers, playing for Sheffield United in November
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England and Belgium aren’t the only international football teams calling up Tottenham Hotspur players. The United States’ Men’s National Team released its roster for the upcoming international break, and Cameron Carter-Vickers will be getting another chance to play for his country.

CCV was called up to a USA roster that is remarkably different to the one that flamed out of World Cup qualifying with a loss at Trinidad & Tobgo. Instead, Dave Sarachan has more or less abandoned the current crop of internationals and is looking to the future.

Take a look at that roster. Unless you’re a die-hard USMNT fan you probably don’t recognize very many names on that list. And that’s probably okay at this stage. USA missed the World Cup for the first time since 1990, and it’s almost certainly wise to shift the focus to the young players in the pipeline who have the opportunity to be stars in 2022. Sarachan clearly thinks that Carter-Vickers has that potential, or he wouldn’t be on the team.

USA hosts Paraguay on Tuesday, March 27 in North Carolina.

After a disappointing fall on loan at Sheffield United, Cam is back out on loan at Championship side Ipswich and has become a regular in their back line. He’s impressed so much, in fact, that Ipswich manager Luke Chambers has publicly said that he’d like to try and get him back on loan next year as well.

It baffles me how we could get him halfway through a Championship season. He’s a fanatic capture for us. I think he’s been different class.

“He’s a great lad to have around the place and he’s still only young. I’ve been in his ear to see if we can get him back next year and try to get it done now!”

This is kind of a make or break year for Carter-Vickers — he’s well down the pecking order at Spurs, and he needs to step things up if he wants to be in the mix for a Spurs roster spot next season. He’s playing well at Ipswich, but that may not directly translate to minutes in the Premier League. But if he can impress for the rest of the season and can turn that into a good preseason next year (assuming he’s not sold), who knows what could happen?