Tottenham's Cameron Carter-Vickers earns international teammate's praise

Tottenham's star prospect Cameron Carter-Vickers has been demonstrating his potential this month at the CONCACAF U-20 Championship.

Tottenham Hotspur defender Cameron Carter-Vickers has been one of the USA’s most impressive performers at the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship in Jamaica this month, despite having just turned 17, and that fact hasn’t been lost on his teammates.

Speaking to American Soccer Now, centre-back partner Matt Miazga said: “Cameron is a really good guy. We get along really well off the field.

“Obviously he’s a bit younger than the rest of us but we see him as one of the guys. He’s very strong and very physical. I think we complement each other well on the field. Whenever he steps up, I cover for him or when I step up, he covers for me. I think he’s a great player.

"Not much gets by us. We work hard together.”

Born and raised in England, Carter-Vickers acquired his first American passport last winter through his father – a former NBA shooting guard, before making his US debut for the U18s in August.

Going on to earn a surprise start for the U23s during their October trip to Brazil, the Southend-native has since been earning rave reviews in Jamaica, where he even netted in the opening 1-1 draw with Guatemala with a powerful set-piece header.

“The games are a bit more physical than what I’m used to and the pitch doesn’t help," he said. "I think the pitch being bad helps poorer teams become better. The game becomes more about physicality, about winning second balls, stuff like that. It’s different.

“I wouldn’t say it’s been tough for me to adjust to. I don’t mind having to battle through a match. I quite enjoy that. I like to help my team stand up to the physicality of other teams and, for myself, to stand up to the physicality of their strikers.”

Helping Tab Ramos’ side concede just two goals in their five Group A matches, the US now take on El Salvador in the final stage for a spot in the 2015 U-20 World Cup, before Carter-Vickers will return to Tottenham to resume his flourishing club career.

A regular for the club’s U21s this season, the powerful centre-back’s undoubted potential has attracted the attention of north London rivals Arsenal in recent weeks, according to the Daily Mail, but a first professional contract at White Hart Lane is reported to be in the works.

He might be far off a first-team appearance but, even at this point, it's tempting to pencil him in as a future backline stalwart.

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