Norwich City striker Josh Sargent has been called up to the United States’ World Cup squad and will be looking to inflict misery on England in Qatar.
Sargent is among the forwards included in Gregg Berhalter’s 26-man squad for the tournament later this month.
The US coach announced his team in New York on Thursday, and Sargent’s positive start to the season earned him a spot on the plane.
Sargent is among the top scorers in the Championship this season, having scored eight times in the first 20 games, becoming an important cog in Dean Smith’s side in the process.
A calf injury has sidelined him in recent weeks, but he returned during City’s 2-1 win over Rotherham on Saturday.
Sargent will be part of the US squad in hopes of qualifying through Group B, which includes matches against England, Wales and Iran.
Norwich’s Championship schedule will come to a halt after Saturday’s game against Middlesbrough when the World Cup kicks off in the Middle East, with Sargent the only Canary representative in the competition.
The rest of the City team will enjoy a short break before heading to the United States for a warm-weather camp. Smith confirmed last Friday that they would likely host a friendly before the league restarts at Swansea on December 10.
Some of City’s other players will play internationals before the tournament, but Teemu Pukki will not be among them.
The city talisman has endured an unrelenting schedule for both club and country over the past 18 months, becoming Finland’s all-time leading goalscorer and overtaking Robert Fleck for fourth place on the Finnish goalscoring list. Canary Islands.
Despite Finland playing North Macedonia and Norway later this month, the 32-year-old has been omitted from the squad at his own request.
“Teemu has a long season behind him and there are many games played in the English championship.
“The Four Nations League matches were booked in June. His vacation has been relatively short. There is some space here to catch his breath, and he wished he could take a little vacation. The games will continue right after the World Cup again in a very close rhythm,” Finland boss Kanerva told Helsingin Sanomat.
Marcelino Núñez has been called up to represent Chile in the matches against Poland and Slovakia, and Danel Sinani will join Luxembourg for the friendlies against Hungary and Bulgaria.
Scottish duo Kenny McLean and Grant Hanley will feature in a match on November 16 against Turkey.