Tottenham defender Cameron Carter-Vickers a 'beast', says US Under-20 teammate

The teenage centre-back has been impressing at the Under-20 World Cup in New Zealand over the past week.

US Under-20 striker Maki Tall has hailed Tottenham Hotspur defender and international teammate Cameron Carter-Vickers as a “beast” following his impressive performances for Tab Ramos’ side.

Tall was speaking to US Soccer after the States secured their place in the Under-20 World Cup’s knockout stages as Group A runners-up to Ukraine, having secured 2-1 and 4-0 wins over Myanmar and tournament hosts New Zealand, respectively.

A 3-0 defeat to Ukraine in their third and final group game has caused some concern ahead of the round of 16 but, at the same time, there have been clear positives to take from their three matches thus far.

One of those has been the form of centre-back Carter-Vickers, who, despite being the youngest member of the roster at just 17, has seen his both physical and mature performances earn him a regular starting role in recent months.

The Southend-born centre-back, who is eligible for the States through his American father, first popped up on US Soccer’s radar back in December 2013 and has since made a rapid rise up from the Under-18s.

After earning a shock start for the Under-23s in October’s 3-0 defeat in Brazil, he would go on to start all six games at the Under-20 CONCACAF Championship in the winter and is now one of the first names on the teamsheet.

Now impressing in New Zealand, fans and the media alike have been compelled to label him a potential senior star after witnessing his emergence and, as Tall has highlighted, his teammates are just as full of praise.

“Cam is a great player; he’s a beast,” said the Red Star 93 forward, who has been ruled out of the rest of the World Cup with a broken toe. “He’s still 17 and what he does for this team is just amazing.

“He’s physical, powerful and he has great skills too. For a defender, you can’t ask for more. I go up against him in training and it’s hard scoring goals against him. I can’t imagine what he’s going to be like when he’s 25 – he’s going to be a great player.”

While his international future looks bright, things are also going well for Carter-Vickers at Tottenham, having established himself as a regular in the club’s Under-21 side last season.

Featuring 10 times and even captaining the team for the first time in March, a first-team breakthrough might not be far off if he continues to show the same kind of progress going into next term.

“Hopefully I can keep improving and keep playing well,” said the Spurs trainee. “Obviously it would be great to play on Tottenham’s first team one day. I’ve been there for a long time so that’s a big goal.

“And internationally, of course I’d love to play in big competitions for the U.S., like the Gold Cup and World Cup, competitions like those… any player would want to aim towards that.”

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