They proudly turned out beneath the Stars and Stripes for the USA’s first World Cup sport towards Wales.
But three gamers in the US squad who’ll go on to face the Three Lions tomorrow had been truly born in England – with a fourth enjoying for England’s youth facet earlier than making the change to America.
They are some of 137 footballers not representing their nation of start at the World Cup in Qatar.
Left again Antonee Robinson, 25, was born in Liverpool, whereas Yunus Musah, 19, grew up in London and educated with the Arsenal academy.
Winger Gio Reyna, 20 was born in Sunderland, whereas Cameron Carter-Vickers, a 24-year-old centre again, hails from Southend-On-Sea.
All 4 qualify to symbolize the US via their American lineage, and collectively they’ve represented the nation dozens of instances.
Below, MailOnline takes a glance at their fascinating again tales.
Antonee Robinson’s energetic performances for the US and Premier League facet Fulham make him one to watch on the pitch, however the left again’s skills prolong far past soccer.
In addition to enjoying the piano, the 25-year-old can be an completed magician – who wowed followers on social media earlier this yr with a mind-blowing card trick that shortly racked up hundreds of views.
In the video, Robinson – who goes by the nickname ‘Jedi’ – is seen telling a narrative whereas concurrently flipping over the prime card of the deck to match what he’s reciting. The ‘Jedi Mind Trick’ clearly impresses his fellow gamers, who are seen cheering and clapping at the finish.
Liverpool-born Antonee Robinson pictured together with his fiancee, Darcy Myers. He was born and raised in Halewood, Merseyside
Robinson (pictured with Ms Myers) qualifies for the USA via his father, Tony, a challenge supervisor who was born in England however grew up in New York and studied at Duke University earlier than coming again to England and assembly Antonee’s mom, Kelly
‘You know what, loads of issues catch my eye and if I see one thing that flicks a change in my head and intrigues me, I need to discover out if I’ve obtained the capacity to do it, then I apply myself to studying how,’ Robinson advised The Times.
‘Things like the Rubik’s Cube and enjoying a piano tune. That card trick, I noticed on a Facebook video once I was 15 and learnt it as a result of I assumed it was cool, nevertheless it’s not the most spectacular card trick I can do. The secret is in the patter. I suppose being Scouse helps as a result of we are able to inform a narrative.’
Robinson’s Scouse credentials are in little doubt. Born and raised in Halewood, Merseyside, the Fulham star nonetheless speaks with a Scouse accent.
He qualifies for the USA via his father, Tony, a challenge supervisor who was born in England however grew up in New York and studied at Duke University earlier than coming again to England and assembly Antonee’s mom, Kelly.
In addition to enjoying the piano, the 25-year-old can be an completed magician. He’s seen right here doing the ‘Jedi Mind Trick’
Robinson – a Calvin Klein mannequin – qualifies for the USA via his father, Tony, a challenge supervisor who was born in England however grew up in New York and studied at Duke University
Tony ran a youth soccer team, which Antonee turned out for when he was 5. A fan of nicknames, Tony usually requested new gamers what they needed to be recognized by – anticipating his son to say ‘Thierry’, after his favorite participant, Thierry Henry.
Instead, as a result of he’d been watching Star Wars, Antonee replied ‘Jedi’ – a reputation that is caught with him ever since.
As a boy, Robinson attended the Everton academy and, regardless of an invite to be a part of the England Under-21 camp, accepted a name up from the US senior team. He’s now a longtime squad participant, with the facet’s 1-1 draw towards Wales his thirtieth look.
Away from his soccer profession, he is completed modelling for Calvin Klein and Nike. He introduced his engagement to Darcy Myers, his girlfriend of three years, in March, and the couple had a child lady late final yr.
Robinson mentioned he ‘could not be happier’ to be drawn towards England.
‘I’ve grown up and lived in England my entire life and performed towards just about all of the England squad. So enjoying England will not be intimidating however thrilling,’
He introduced his engagement to Ms Myers, his girlfriend of three years, in March, and the couple had a child lady late final yr
As a boy, Robinson attended the Everton academy and, regardless of an invite to be a part of the England Under-21 camp, accepted a name up from the US senior team
The son of an NHS upkeep employee, Yunus Musah was a product of Arsenal’s academy and spent 5 years going via the FA’s improvement system — with ambitions to play for England.
Ambition, nonetheless, led the midfielder to flip down the likelihood to stick with England and to him searching for a transfer away from Arsenal to be a part of Valencia so as to play soccer at the highest stage. Tomorrow, he’ll lock horns with some acquainted faces.
Musah, who is nineteen and speaks with a London accent, is aware of Bukayo Saka and Jude Bellingham properly however he has resisted the alternative to renew acquaintances with them forward of an important fixture in Group B. What’s extra, he has no regrets about saying goodbye.
Yunus Musah, who is nineteen and speaks with a London accent, is aware of Bukayo Saka and Jude Bellingham properly. He performed for England as a youth participant
Musah mentioned: ‘The determination was very troublesome, as a result of, as I mentioned, I had a good time with England and that nation did loads for me — so when the time got here to make the determination it was troublesome’
‘I do not assume I understand how I’m going to really feel enjoying towards England,’ mentioned Musah. ‘But it is a particular sport for positive as a result of I’ve performed for either side and to have the ability to be on the pitch with each nationwide groups that I’ve performed with is particular.
‘I made the determination (to play for the US) as a result of I used to be born right here (in New York). That was one of the most important issues.
‘Also, the alternative at such a younger age was one thing that I needed to take. It was nice when the supervisor Gregg Berhalter known as and gave me that chance.’
Musah, who has 20 caps for the US already, added: ‘I performed for England for a number of years.
‘I had a very nice time with them and loads of respect for them — for every thing they’ve completed for me — however Gareth Southgate and I by no means had any conversations.
‘That determination was very troublesome, as a result of, as I mentioned, I had a good time with England and that nation did loads for me — so when the time got here to make the determination it was troublesome.’
There was a way of inevitability that Giovanni Reyna would go on to turn into a worldwide star.
The son of former Manchester City and Rangers midfielder Claudio Reyna and United States girls’s worldwide Danielle Egan, Gio, as he’s affectionately recognized to these shut to him, was all set from the very starting to mix his father’s creativity together with his mum’s athleticism. Football is certainly in his blood.
He is pictured right here arriving at a World Cup qualifier sport towards Costa Rica with USA head coach Gregg Berhalter
Named after his dad’s former team-mate at Rangers, Giovanni van Bronckhorst, the versatile Dutch ace who additionally starred for Barcelona and Arsenal, expectation was instantly excessive.
To take it proper again to the starting, Reyna, 20, was born in Sunderland in 2002 together with his dad enjoying in pink and white in the Premier League.
French fries had been his favorite meals and Spongebob Squarepants was mentioned to be his TV present of alternative.
Early experiences of him detailed how he initially possessed an English accent nevertheless it quickly evaporated as he moved to the United States and into the academy system at NYCFC.
Alongside the USA and England, Reyna may have additionally performed for Portugal and Argentina.
Alongside the USA and England, Reyna (seen in his official World Cup portrait) may have additionally performed for Portugal and Argentina
His grandmother Maria is Portuguese and was the cause he was eligible for a European passport. That was key in permitting him to signal for Dortmund at 16, as an alternative of being made to wait till he was 18, which might have been crucial with a US passport.
Meanwhile, his grandfather, Miguel, performed professionally in Argentina.
As properly as turning out for the US nationwide team, he is additionally an attacking midfielder or winger for Bundesliga membership Borussia Dortmund.
Born in Southend-On-Sea, Carter-Vickers got here via Tottenham’s academy and in the summer time of 2014 was half of a team that beat the US under-17s facet 5-3.
He made his first-team debut in 2016 however he featured for the senior facet simply 5 instances and had spells on mortgage with Sheffield United, Ipswich, Swansea, Stoke, Luton and Bournemouth prior to becoming a member of Celtic.
Carter-Vickers represented the US for the first time at under-18 stage in 2014 and began a number of video games in the 2015 under-20s World Cup regardless of solely being 17 at the time.
Cameron Carter-Vickers is one other US participant with hyperlinks to England, having been born in Southend-On-Sea in Essex
Carter-Vickers represented the US for the first time at under-18 stage in 2014 and began a number of video games in the 2015 under-20s World Cup regardless of solely being 17 at the time
In 2016, it was reported that the English FA had made inquiries about the upcoming star, however he was quick tracked into the first team and made his senior debut in 2018.
Carter-Vickers’ father is Howard Carter, an American basketball participant, who met his English mom, Geraldine, whereas they had been each working in Greece.
He was on the bench for the Wales sport.
Over the Red Wall! How NINE gamers in the Wales World Cup squad had been truly born throughout the border in ENGLAND – incomes them the nickname ‘England B’
By Kamal Sultan for the Daily Mail
Nine gamers in the Wales squad had been truly born throughout the border in England, main them to be dubbed ‘England B’ by a cheeky few.
Wales has the fourth highest quantity of foreign-born gamers out of the 32 nations competing for soccer’s prime prize and 17 gamers of their 26-man squad play in England.
Defender Chris Mepham, 25, and winger Sorba Thomas, 23, had been each born in the capital London, whereas centre-back Ethan Ampadu, 22, and striker Kieffer Moore, 30, who each starred in Wales’ 1-1 draw on Monday, had been born in the south west of England, in Exeter and Torquay respectively.
League One gamers Joe Morrell, 25, and Matthew Smith, 23, had been born in Ipswich and Redditch and League Two midfielder Jonny Williams, 29, was born in Kent.
And Premier League stars Daniel James, 25, and Brennan Johnson, 21, had been born in Hull and Nottingham.
The 9 gamers qualify to symbolize Wales via their Welsh lineage and so they have represented the nation a mixed 246 instances.
Ampadu performed as soon as for England beneath 16s, Johnson made seven appearances throughout England’s beneath 16 and 17s groups and Moore gained one cap for England C – the nation’s non-league team, earlier than they switched worldwide allegiances.
Moore, who made his Wales debut in 2019 having certified via his Gwynedd-born grandfather insists he has no blended loyalties.
And he’s trying ahead to the last group sport towards England on November 29.
‘I can’t wait to knock them out, it will be superb,’ he mentioned.
‘There will be no mixed loyalties. I can’t keep in mind a lot (about being capped by England C). It was Estonia perhaps and I feel I got here on in direction of the finish of the sport.’
Brennan Johnson, 21, was born in Nottingham.
Centre-back Ethan Ampadu, 22, and striker Kieffer Moore, 30, who each starred in Wales’ 1-1 draw on Monday, had been born in the south west of England, in Exeter and Torquay respectively
League One gamers Joe Morrell, 25, and Matthew Smith, 23, had been born in Ipswich