The Southend-born centre-back has become one of the most promising talents in the US setup in recent months and can't see himself turning his back on them if England come calling.
Tottenham Hotspur defender Cameron Carter-Vickers has told American Soccer Now that he couldn’t see himself switching international allegiances to England after becoming a core part of the US Under-20 setup in recent months.
A dual-national, US Soccer first became aware that the Southend-born teenager was eligible for the stars and stripes through his American father in December 2013, before giving him his first call-up in August for an Under-18 tournament in the Czech Republic.
After going on to earn a surprise start for the Under-23s during their October trip to Brazil at the age of just 16, the emerging centre-back would prove an ever-present in the recent CONCACAF Under-20 Championship, where his performances helped Tab Ramos’ side seal a place at the summer’s World Cup.
Now one of the first names on the teamsheet, he looks well on course to a promising international future but, having also been a regular for Tottenham’s Under-21s this season, some have wondered whether the English FA should be pursing his services.
A one-time switch would still be possible but America’s new star prospect stresses that he has never been in contact with England officials and feels embedded in the US setup at this point.
“I definitely feel more loyalties toward America right now,” Carter-Vickers said. “Through representing the country, I am seeing how passionate the players and fans are—it really makes me feel a part of the country. [On the field], I’ve really enjoyed it. You have to travel a lot and you get to go to a lot of different places but I think it’s helped to improve my football—going away, playing different styles.
“I think it always would be a tough decision but I like playing for America,” he continued. "Obviously, I would have to think long and hard about such a decision but at the moment I enjoy playing for America and I couldn’t see myself playing for England.”
Having just turned 17 on New Year’s Eve, Carter-Vickers’ undoubted promise now has fans and the media alike hailing him as the Under-20s best defender over even centre-back partner Erik Palmer-Brown, who is a reported target for Juventus, but he takes a more modest approach to his rapid rise.
“I think we are good in the back four,” he said. “Erik has come into this camp and I like playing with him. I didn’t really know much about him before this. I knew he played for Kanas City and was the youngest player in MLS and had Juventus interest. I think he’s a really good player. Physically, he’s very good.
"He’s very quick. The more we play together, the better we’ll become.”
That bodes well for the upcoming World Cup, where the US have been drawn in a favourable group with Myanmar, hosts New Zealand and Ukraine.
“Every group is hard at the World Cup but I think we definitely can go far,” Carter-Vickers added. “We can do well against the stronger teams in the world. We’re all looking forward to it.”