Video: Tottenham's Cameron Carter-Vickers gets on the scoresheet for US Under-23s

The 17-year-old defender opened the scoring for the States with a thumping header in Saturday's 6-1 thrashing of Cuba.

Tottenham Hotspur defender Cameron Carter-Vickers was among the goalscorers for the US Under-23s on Saturday as they thrashed Cuba 6-1 in their Olympic qualifier in Kansas City.

The 17-year-old centre-back, who is the youngest player on the US roster, opened the scoring at Sporting Park in the 16th-minute with a thumping header off Luis Gil’s free-kick, before further goals from Matt Miazga, Emerson Hyndman, Alonso Hernandez and a Jerome Kiesewetter brace sealed the hosts a resounding win in their second Group A game.

The victory means Andi Herzog’s side qualify for the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying Championship’s semi-finals with a match to spare after beating Canada 3-1 in their tournament opener, when Carter-Vickers came up with a stellar defensive showing to help clinch them three points.

Despite his tender years, the Spurs prospect is already one of the team's most important players thanks to impressive reading of the game and imposing frame, and the rapport he has struck up with Miazga in the heart of the defence since the Under-20 World Cup in the summer has all the makings of a future senior partnership.

Things are no different back at White Hart Lane either, where the Southend-born stopper is considered among the club’s most exciting talents and has even captained the Under-21s through their first five games this season.

There are now suggestions that head coach Mauricio Pochettino could be set to hand him his first taste of first-team football in the Europa League at some stage over the coming months and, based on his recent performances for the States, he will not look out of place once the time comes for him to make the step up.

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