GEOFF CAMERON says he is looking forward to linking back up with the United States’ national side ahead of their crucial forthcoming 2018 World Cup qualifying double-header against Honduras and Panama.
The Boston-born star was forced to miss their previous two outings against Costa Rica and Mexico back in November after suffering what was ultimately a long-term knee injury during the Potters’ 2-0 triumph over Hull earlier in the season.
Successive defeats in those encounters have left the US in a precarious position in their qualifying group, and whilst Cameron admits he is itching to get back involved to help reignite their campaign, he says his focus is currently only on Saturday’s showdown at the bet365 Stadium.
“I missed two big qualifiers back in November, and we kind of dug ourselves into a hole in those games, so I am looking forward to getting back out there and hopefully helping get things back on track,” he told #pottersmag this week.
“We have some big games coming up against Honduras and Panama, which I am looking forward to, but first and foremost, it’s all about the Chelsea game on Saturday.
“Of course, I am looking forward to getting back involved with the national team, but my sole priority right now is helping the guys here to try and build on the last two results and take the three points at the weekend.
“It’s going to be incredibly difficult, we understand that, but we have the belief within the group that when we are on our game we are a match for any team in the Premier League, and we want to prove that against the team who look like they are going to be crowned Champions.”
The Boston-born star’s absence from international football came at a time that Jurgen Klinsmann was relieved of his duties in the managerial hot-seat, with former LA Galaxy coach Bruce Arena being handed the task of trying to secure the US a spot in Russia next summer.
“Things have changed a little bit back home, but I actually managed to get over to the camp and meet up with him and the rest of the staff when I was over in the States during rehab,” the 31-year-old added.
“I was over in LA seeing the specialist and getting some treatment and I was able to get together with Bruce and the coaches shortly after they were appointed and I was able to spend some good time with them.
“We had a good chat, we spoke about one or two things and they told me that they were hoping I would be available for the games we have coming up, which all being well, following Saturday's game, I hopefully will be.”
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