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Williams included in provisional USA plans

21 May 2015

Midfielder on initial roster for high profile friendlies

Royals midfield dynamo Danny Williams has been named in the provisional USA squad for next month's international friendlies against Holland and Germany.

Jurgen Klinsmann's men are set to take on the Dutch in Amsterdam on Friday 5th June before taking on World Cup winners Germany in Cologne on Wednesday 10th June and Williams has impressed the former German strike star with his performances with the Royals.

Williams, who made his US debut under Klinsmann whilst with Hoffenheim back in October 2011, missed out on a place in the World Cup squad through injury last summer but made his first start for his country in more than two years last month when he played the full ninety minutes in a 1-1 draw with Switzerland.

Lining up alongside Michael Bradley in the centre of midfield that night, Williams earned his 14th international cap and he will be hoping to add to that tally when the final roster is confirmed for the two European friendlies next month.

“Once we had to make the cut before the World Cup down to 23 players going to Brazil, that didn’t mean that we leave now all the other players that didn’t make it to Brazil out of our sight,” Jurgen Klinsmann recently said. “Danny Williams is a good example. He couldn’t make the World Cup roster because he was injured.

“He was until after the World Cup going into the season, so he had a tough time, but then after a couple of months suddenly he was all injury-free and he picked up his rhythm and soon he was in an FA Cup semi-final against Arsenal in Wembley.

“He proved in recent weeks that he’s in very good shape. He’s very aggressive and very determined and he wants to break back into our group.

“Everybody goes through different stages in his career and we follow all of them, and then obviously the tricky part for coaches is how you put the puzzle together that we will be very competitive and at the end of the day also successful."

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