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Charlie Kelman called up to U.S. U20 squad

30 August 2019

Charlie Kelman has been called up to the USA U20 squad for a training camp in Slovenia.

The camp includes two friendly matches in Rogaska against Croatia on Thursday 5 September and UAE on Monday 9 September.

After the USA reached the quarterfinals of the 2019 FIFA U20 World Cup earlier this summer, this training camp represents the start of a new two-year U20 cycle.

And Kelman, who has previously played for the U18 USA men’s team, will be hoping to make his debut for the U20 side at the age of 17.

“I’m really pleased as you can image,” said Kelman. “It was a nice surprise.

“I just missed out on the U20 World Cup so I was quite gutted about that bit I’m grateful for the opportunity now and it’s just about working hard and proving that I can stay there.

“I work hard every day in training and make sure I’m one of the first ones in and last ones out so it’s always nice to have a bit of reward on the journey and see the hard work pay off.”

Kelman will fly out to Slovenia on Monday morning following tomorrow’s game for Blues against Rochdale and will now miss games against Leyton Orient and Portsmouth.

He added: “Obviously when I heard about the call up I was really happy but part of me also wanted to stay back and help the team, but the gaffer said it’ll be an incredible experience and football is a short career and to try and get as much experience as you can.”

Kelman is one of two players from clubs in England to be receive a call up.

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