As one of Tottenham Hotspur’s brightest prospects, Cameron Carter-Vickers should be on England’s radar in the future if he fulfils the potential which the Spurs coaching staff see in him.
However, after earning a call-up to the US Under-23 national team earlier this month at the age of just 16, the Three Lions’ loss could be America’s.
A dual-national, US Soccer first became aware that the Southend-born defender was eligible through his American father last December, before giving him his first call-up to the setup in August for an Under-18 tournament in the Czech Republic.
Going on to be named a surprise inclusion in Tab Ramos’s squad for the recent trip to Brazil, Carter-Vickers even started in the Under-23s’ 3-0 defeat to their South American counterparts in Rio de Janeiro, and has now revealed that he’s leaning towards sticking with the Stars and Stripes.
‘I wasn’t expecting it all,’ he told American Soccer Now. ‘I was with the U-18s two months ago and then to get another call-up to this was a bit unexpected.
‘England never called me up, so it was quite an easy decision. It kind of made the call for me. I definitely like the way the U.S. is set up.
‘I knew they had that quality in the USA. It definitely matched my expectations. The players were good, technically they were very good. I like U.S. Soccer and both times I have been called into camp, it has been a really good experience.
‘I am leaning to the USA.’
Now back in London, Carter-Vickers has appeared for both Tottenham’s under-18 and under-21 sides this season, and has even trained with the first-team after earning rave reviews.
While a recent feature in the Guardian named him the club’s top prospect, the centre-back acknowledges that it will be tough to break into the squad over the coming seasons with so much talent around White Hart Lane, but he remains more than up for the challenge.
‘The coaches we have are some of the best in England,’ he said. ‘It will be difficult to get into Tottenham’s first team because of all the money that they have.
‘But with Mauricio Pochettino, there is definitely a pathway. If you can catch his eye, there is an opportunity.’