Norwich City: Josh Sargent named in USA World Cup call-up

Norwich City striker Josh Sargent has been called up to the USA 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 American coach announced his team in New York on Thursday, with Sargent’s positive start to the season earning him a seat on the plane.

Sargent is among the league’s top scorers this season having scored eight times in the opening 20 games, becoming a major cog in Dean Smith’s side.

A calf injury has kept him out of action for the past few weeks but he returned in City’s 2-1 win over Rotherham on Saturday.

Sargent will be part of the USA squad in hopes of qualifying from Group B – which includes matches against England, Wales and Iran.

Norwich’s Championship schedule will take a break after Saturday’s game against Middlesbrough as the World Cup kicks off in the Middle East, with Sargent set to be the Canaries’ sole representative in the competition.

The rest of the City squad will enjoy a brief rest before flying to America for a warm weather camp. Smith confirmed last Friday that they are likely to hold a friendly before the league restarts at Swansea on December 10.

Some of City’s other players will play in international matches ahead of the tournament, but Teemu Pukki won’t be part of it.

The City talisman has endured a relentless schedule for club and country over the past 18 months, becoming Finland’s all-time leading goalscorer and moving Robert Fleck to fourth on the Canaries goalscoring list.

Although Finland faced North Macedonia and Norway later this month, the 32-year-old was dropped from the squad at his own request.

“Teemu has a long season behind him, and there are a lot of games played in the English Premier League.

The Pink Un: Teemu Pukki will not join Finland during the next international break. Teemu Pukki will not join Finland during the next international break. (Picture: PA Pictures)

“Four Nations League matches were contracted in June. His vacation was relatively short. There is a certain gap here to catch his breath, and he would have liked to be able to take a little vacation. The matches will continue right after the World Cup again at a very tight pace,” Finnish coach Kanerva told Helsingin Sanomat.

Marcelino Nunez has been called up to represent Chile in matches against Poland and Slovakia, while Danel Sinani is expected to join Luxembourg for friendlies against Hungary and Bulgaria.

Scottish duo Kenny McLean and Grant Hanley will take part in a November 16 match against Turkey.

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