Photo: Tottenham defender Cameron Carter-Vickers shows Sunderland's Lynden Gooch and fellow US teammates around club

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The US under-20 national team are training at Tottenham's facilities ahead of match against the Premier League club's Under-21s.

Despite being called up to US Under-20 national team’s March training camp, Tottenham Hotspur defender Cameron Carter-Vickers hasn’t had to travel far this week.

In fact, he hasn’t had to travel at all, as Tab Ramos’ squad are preparing at Tottenham’s training ground ahead of tomorrow’s behind-closed-doors match against the Premier League club’s Under-21 side.

Gearing up for the summer’s Under-20 World Cup in New Zealand, the team will then move on to Plymouth to face England Under-21s at Home Park on Sunday evening, in a match which should provide a major test of their championship credentials.

“Right now we have our entire plan set leading up to the World Cup,” head coach Ramos told US Soccer last week. “We’ve got this trip to England first from March 23-30, which will include a game against England’s U-21s which will be a good measuring stick for us to see where we are. England always has good players, and to play them there will be a good competitive game for us.”

Having broken into the line-up at the CONCACAF Under-20 Championship in Jamaica this winter, Carter-Vickers figures to be in important part of Ramos’ World Cup plans, and his recent performances for both Tottenham’s Under-21s and Under-18s will have no doubt filled his coach with encouragement ahead of an important summer.

Despite just turning 17 on New Year’s Eve, the emerging centre-back is fast becoming one of the squad’s leaders and, along with Hoffenheim midfielder Russell Canouse, Sunderland attacker Lynden Gooch and San Jose Earthquakes forward Tommy Thompson, forms part of what might be the strongest Under-20 roster the US has ever put together.

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