Graham Zusi parlayed a strong January 2012 camp into a position with the United States national team, eventually starting vital World Cup qualifiers in the midfield.
This year’s camp is no different, except that it is. In a video interview with US Soccer, the Sporting Kansas City man talks about his goals for his second time around. One of them — “To become a little bit more of a leader on the field, and off the field as well.” — is exactly the type of thing you want to hear from a guy who could play a huge role in 2013 and beyond.
“I think you need to come into camp knowing like you belong here, and acting like that on and off the field,” he says. “I don’t think you can come into camp and be shy and try to hide in the background. Act like you belong, because you do. That will make you feel a lot more comfortable and that will make you play the way you are capable of.”
Spoken like someone who’s been through it all once before. But enough from me. Just watch the clip:
England’s Fabian Delph to miss out on EURO 2016 through injury
Delph’s inclusion in the provisional 30-man roster was met with some criticism, as the Manchester City midfielder managed just eight Premier League starts this season and made only nine appearances off the bench.
This news will now boost the hopes of Leicester’s Danny Drinkwater and Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson, who are also battling to make the final roster in the center of midfield.
In his press conference on Thursday, Hodgson stated that Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge has not trained with the team yet, as his fitness will be closely monitored leading up to EURO 2016. Hodgson also confirmed that Manchester United’s 18-year-old Marcus Rashford will make his international debut against Australia.
7. United States — Hosting is a big deal, and Jurgen Klinsmann seems ready to take a more orthodox approach to his lineups. The Yanks will run more than a few teams ragged, depending on how the chips fall.
6. Uruguay — Navigating the absence of Luis Suarez, which could last the group stage or longer, knocks them down a peg.
5. Mexico — It’s another golden generation for El Tri, and it’s not far-fetched to imagine Mexico makes a run at everything.
4. Colombia — James Rodriguez goes back to being the focal point of an attack, and will remind us just how good he is while under the spotlight.
3. Chile — Repeating is hard, and Chile had a lot of home cooking good fortune in its hosted run to a first title.
2. Brazil — No the side won’t be fully loaded, but Dunga has shown he knows how to run a side with or without Neymar.
Argentina — This could be Lionel Messi’s year to lift hardware for club and country.
Ferdinand, 37, made 455 appearances for United in a 19-year career that included stops at West Ham, QPR, Bournemouth and Leeds.
He says Mourinho will be a motivated and dangerous boss when he takes control in place of fired manager Louis Van Gaal.
“After his recent unsuccessful time at Chelsea in the final year, I can assure you this winner is now a wounded animal which makes him such a mouthwatering appointment. Jose went from winning the League Cup & Premier League to a season of disappointment at Chelsea and I am certain he will want to restore all of that very quickly.”