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Nov 14, 2013

Eric Lichaj eager to return to U.S. squad

Nottingham Forest right back Eric Lichaj said he's eager to prove himself after earning a spot on Jurgen Klinsmann's roster for U.S. friendlies vs. Scotland and Austria.

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"For the team, every player is trying to impress to get to the World Cup obviously," Lichaj told USSoccer.com. For me personally, I'm just trying to do what I do best. Hopefully, that will be enough for the manager to bring me in for the next camp. So, I'll just keep working hard towards that."

Lichaj, 24, got his first USMNT call-up since 2011 after establishing himself as a regular starter and consistent performer for Nottingham Forest in the English Championship.

Last week, Klinsmann said his goal was to see Lichaj in action with the other players.

"The main objective is getting results and evaluating the players six, seven months prior to the World Cup, having a close look at a kid that we haven’t had with us yet, Erick Lichaj, and see how he’s doing in training, get to know him a bit, and get a feel for his character," Klinsmann told USSoccer.com.

Lichaj said he expects both rivals to be a challenge.

"These are two good games in Europe. We always talked about playing in these kinds of games in Europe on these kinds of nights where everybody is tested at the highest level," he said. "We need to use these opportunities to see where we’re at individually, where we’re at as a team, and where we can improve now in the last few months before the World Cup."

Lichaj said he's also focused on keeping Nottingham Forest on a winning course.

"The way things work in that city, emotions are high and people are excited," he said. "There’s still a feeling within the team that it’s just a start and there are a lot of games left. We want to make sure we are continuing to improve on that good start and make it count at the end."

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