Rangers star gets FIFA World Cup boost as Ibrox teammate misses out
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Rangers star gets FIFA World Cup boost as Ibrox teammate misses out

Rangers loanee Malik Tillman has been called up to the USA men’s national team squad for the upcoming international break – but Ibrox teammate James Sands misses out.

The Bayern Munich midfielder, 20, is part of Gregg Berhalter’s squad for the upcoming internationals with Japan and Saudi Arabia.

Tillman will join several big names in the American national team squad such as Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic and Dortmund’s Giovanni Reyna but James Sands misses out.

The USA are set to play Japan in Dusseldorf on the 23rd of September and four days later the team will travel to Murcia, Spain to play Saudi Arabia.

The matches will serve as warm-ups to the nation’s World Cup campaign with the USA set to face off against England, Wales and Iran at the tournament in Qatar later this year.

Malik Tillman handed USA World Cup boost

Bayern talent Malik Tillman – who has been involved at youth level with the Germany set-up – has earned two caps for his country and will hope to add to them in the upcoming internationals.

The visibly talented attacking midfielder has shown flashes of his ability at Ibrox and Rangers are known to have an option-to-buy on the player come the end of the season.

The structure of the creative transfer has previously been lauded in Germany and the fact Malik Tillman is back in the USA squad is testament to his ability.

NYCFC defensive midfielder James Sands is another loan player at Rangers who has an option-to-buy but unfortunately for him he won’t be adding to his seven USA caps this time around.

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Rangers have been forced to employ Sands as a centre-back amid a defensive crisis at the club but some increasingly rickety performances have culminated in the defender sparking a capitulation against Napoli following a clumsy second yellow and subsequent red.

There is still time for Sands to break back into the USA squad but his lack of involvement here will surely raise doubts over the Rangers star’s involvement at Qatar 2022.

Meanwhile, a former Ibrox star could be set for a surprise ticket to the World Cup in Qatar.