CAMERON CARTER-VICKERS is prepared to upset half of his family if he gets the chance to play against England tonight.

The Southend-born Celtic central defender missed out on the USA’s opening World Cup Group B encounter against Wales in Qatar on Monday.

Carter-Vickers was an unused substitute for his adopted nation as former Hoops loan star Timothy Weah, who spent six months at Parkhead after being brought in by Brendan Rodgers from Paris Saint-Germain in January 2019, fired them into a first-half lead.

However, a late penalty-kick from Gareth Bale gave the Welsh a draw and a point from an intriguing encounter.

ON THE BALL…Cameron Carter-Vickers in his role as Celtic stand-in skipper.

IN THE NET…Timothy Weah slots a composed finish beyond St Mirren keeper Vaclav Hladky for one of his three goals in 13 appearances for the Hoops.

American coach Gregg Berhalter has yet to name his line-up for the 7pm kick-off against Gareth Southgate’s side who eased to a 6-2 opening-day win over Iran who face Wales today with a 10am kick-off.

Carter-Vickers, who qualifies for the States through his father, has represented the country from Under-18 level through to the senior squad.

The 24-year-old Hoops centre-back, who cost £6million when he sealed a permanent deal from Spurs in the summer, is determined to commence a family feud by helping to dent the qualifiction hopes of Harry Kane and Co.

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, 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.”

The man known to his club team-mates as The Fridge, speaking in a report in the Daily Record, added: “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…”


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