US Under-20 head coach Tab Ramos gives Tottenham's Cameron Carter-Vickers glowing review

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The teenage defender is set to take on a starring role for the States at the Under-20 World Cup in New Zealand this summer.

US Under-20 head coach Tab Ramos has told how he’s expecting a big club and international future for Tottenham Hotspur defender Cameron Carter-Vickers.

Ramos was speaking after announcing his partial squad for the upcoming Under-20 World Cup in New Zealand, which runs from May 30 to June 20, with Carter-Vickers one of 20 names included.

The British-born centre-back is eligible for the States through his American father and, after popping up on US Soccer’s radar back in December 2013, earned his first international call-up in August for an Under-18 tournament in the Czech Republic.

After going on to earn a shock start for the Under-23s in October’s 3-0 defeat to Brazil, the Southend-native later established himself as an ever-present for Ramos’ side at the 2015 CONCACAF Under-20 Championship in Jamaica, where his impressive performances helped seal qualification for the summer’s World Cup.

Having just turned 17 on New Year’s Eve, the Spurs prospect is the youngest member of the roster for New Zealand but, despite his tender age, looks set to partner either Erik Palmer-Brown or Matt Miazga in the heart of the US defence.

Also a regular for Tottenham’s Under-21s this season, people are already starting to pencil his name into the senior line-up for Russia 2018 and, while Ramos does not want to put too much pressure on him at this stage of his career, the former US star admits that he’s expecting big things.

In an interview with SI’s Grant Wahl, Ramos said: “We’re always very excited at US Soccer to bring up the next great player so we have to be careful with the younger players in terms of how we label them.

“But, considering what Cameron has done with us, I think he’s playing well above his years. When we went into qualifying he had barely turned 17 before we left.

“He’s a very young player for his age group but yet he plays like an older player. He’s very calm, he directs his teammates and he doesn’t mind voicing out information on the field.

“When I look at Cameron I don’t really see a young player, I just see another player on the field who can contribute.

“He’s very good one-on-one and in the air, so he has a lot of excellent qualities for the future of this programme, not just our team.”

The US will kick off the World Cup on May 30 against Myanmar, before rounding out the group stage with games against hosts New Zealand and Ukraine on June 2 and 5, respectively.

Having assembled one of their strongest squads in some time, with well-regarded prospects like Columbus Crew SC’s Romain Gall, Borussia Dortmund’s Junior Flores and Sunderland’s Lynden Gooch all left at home, Ramos’ men should like their chances of making a strong run through the knockout stages.

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