Carter-Vickers praised by manager on first United States start

Spurs youngster Cameron Carter-Vickers has been praised by United States interim manager Dave Sarachan after making his first start for the national team in yesterday’s win over Paraguay.

Having missed out on qualification for the World Cup, the 20-year-old was part of a youthful

lineup that included Tim Weah, son of 1995 FIFA Player of the Year George, in the starting XI.

The centre-back, who is currently on loan with Ipswich Town, was paired alongside Chelsea’s Matt Miazga having made his senior debut as a substitute against Portugal back in November

With the States winning the game 1-0, Carter-Vickers was hailed by Sarachan for such a composed debut in the win in Cary, North Carolina.

“The kids have got to start somewhere and this was a good game to get their feet wet,” Sarachan told the media after the game.

“When you bring a group together with the National Team, you focus on cohesiveness and bringing the group together. It’s like a crash course in communicating, and I think the guys did an excellent job.

“The centre-backs were outstanding. Carter-Vickers and Miazga didn’t put a foot wrong. They played with confidence and physicality. They were a pair that looked like they had been there before.

“These games are valuable in the players’ development. When we start getting into qualifying, games will look like this. There’s a lot of physicality.

“It was a great environment for our players. You play really hard when there’s people behind you and that’s a credit to the local community. The atmosphere was great. It felt like a real home game and that’s a big part of succeeding.”


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