Tottenham defender Cameron Carter-Vickers has revealed his delight at being called up to the full USA side for upcoming World Cup qualifiers.
The burley 18-year-old centre-back, who has been capped at under 18, 20 and 23 level, has been rewarded by his steady development at the Premier League club.
United States head coach Jurgen Klinsmann phoned the player personally to give him the good news.
Klinsmann, who holds cult status from his time at the club, named Carter-Vickers in his 26-man squad to face Mexico and Costa Rica.
Carter-Vickers, who has started against Gillingham and Liverpool in the EFL Cup this season, struggled to contain his excitement at the news.
He told the club’s official website: “Jurgen called me to let me know that I was going to be in the squad – I was over the moon!
“It was nice to talk to him, exciting as well. He did a lot of good things at Tottenham, he’s regarded as a legend so it’s definitely good to have that link.”
He added: “This is what I’ve been working towards and I’m really excited to go out there and get training with the team.”
On the possibility of facing Mexico, he revealed: “Of course it’s a big rivalry between the two countries and I’m really excited to take in the atmosphere and just be around it.
“It’ll be great to be around the team and see what it’s like to be around a big game like that. Through the youth ranks, I’ve never played against Mexico and since I’ve been with the USA it’s something that I’ve always wanted to do.”