Family ties no issue for Celtic star Carter-Vickers ahead of England-USA World Cup clash

By Dave Flanigan

November 24, 2022

Celtic star Cameron Carter-Vickers has insisted that his familial links to England won’t be on his mind when his national side the USA take on Gareth Southgate’s team on Friday.

The 24-year-old stayed on the bench for the duration of the USMNT’s draw with Wales, in which former Celt Timothy Weah opened the scoring before a second-half Gareth Bale penalty levelled the game.

Despite being left out by Gregg Berhalter for the Group B opener, Carter-Vickers is hoping to be given the opportunity to help down England in a crucial match for both sides in their quest to qualify for the knockout ties, despite half of the defender’s family supporting the Three Lions.

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As reported by The Daily Record, Carter-Vickers said: “For me, it’s a game that I really want to win, just like any other game in a World Cup, to be honest, I’m not too sure how I’m going to feel when the game comes around. But I do know I’ll be doing everything I can to help the team win.

“When the group was drawn and I saw we were in the same group as England, I was excited. They are one of the top teams in the world and to be able to play against them and match up against them is a good thing.

My family, half of them want us to win. Half want England to win, so…”

Despite being brought up in England, graduating through the youth academy at Tottenham Hotspur after playing for Catholic United as a youngster, Carter-Vickers has represented the USA since U-18 level, playing at the U-20 World Cup in 2015.

He made his international debut as a substitute against Portugal in 2017, starting for the first time in a 1-0 win over Paraguary four months later in March 2018.

After three years without a call-up, he made his long-awaited return to the international setup in a 3-0 win over Morocco in June of this year, his previous cap coming in a 1-0 defeat to Jamaica in June 2019.

Should Berhalter select him at any point in Qatar, it’ll be his first appearance at an international tournament for his country, a well-deserved reward for his fine form since signing for Celtic last year.

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