By Dominic Toner
Jurgen Klinsmann wants to hand Cameron Carter-Vickers his senior debut for the USA national side, according to a report.
The Mail claim that the USA manager is wary of interest from England, who could still tempt the Tottenham defender to play international football for them.
The report details that Carter-Vickers has represented USA at under-18, under-20 and under-23 level already, but the FA are monitoring his progress and could swoop for the centre-back.
The Spurs defender is yet to earn his first cap in the USA’s first-team so Sam Allardyce could potentially still make a shock move for the highly-rated teenager.
Carter-Vickers, 18, made his Spurs debut on Wednesday night in the 5-0 win over Gillingham and was hailed as “fantastic” afterwards by his manager.
Mourinho Pochettino has made no attempt to hide what he thinks of of the teenager.
“I already told you that, for me, he can be one of the best centre-backs in England in the future,” said former central defender Pochettino, as quoted by the Telegraph. “He has a strong mentality, quality, all the qualities for playing centre-back.
““Does he remind me of myself? No, he is better than me! I said one of the best centre-backs in England.”
The youngster has been included in Pochettino’s squads this season ahead of the experienced Kevin Wimmer, but the pair started together in the EFL Cup third-round.
The Argentine made 11 changes from his Premier League side against Sunderland on Sunday and was able to assess the full depth of his squad.
Spurs supporters were delighted on Twitter that Carter-Vickers was handed his first 90 minutes and have backed him to succeed at White Hart Lane.
The powerful centre-back delivered a commanding first match in a Spurs shirt and will hope for further opportunities to impress in the near future.
In other Tottenham news, the club have seal a £20.2million landmark deal after terms were finalised.