Europa League Finalist Rangers star in international squad snub
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Europa League Finalist Rangers star in international squad snub

Rangers star James Sands – who came on as a substitute in the Europa League Final – has missed out on a call up to the USA Men’s National Team squad.

The versatile defensive midfielder – who can also play at centre-half or right-back – has been used sparingly by Giovanni van Bronckhorst since joining Rangers in the summer.

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Signing an 18-month loan deal from MLS outfit New York City FC, the 21-year-old has impressed in fits and starts and looks a tidy, progressive player who could go on to make a proper impression at Rangers.

But any hopes American star James Sands may have had being called up to the USA national team for their next round of fixtures have been dashed by coach Gregg Berhalter.

Rangers star James Sands in USA squad snub

The USA have a busy schedule of four fixtures in June, including two friendlies against Morocco and Uruguay and CONCACAF Nations League fixtures v Grenada and El Salvador.

Nowhere to be seen in the 27-man squad, it’s a bit of a blow for James Sands who has made seven appearances for the USMNT to date.

Interestingly, Celtic loanee Cameron Carter-Vickers makes the cut and is included in the USA team ahead of the match.

The Parkhead side are reportedly closing in on a deal worth up to £10m for the 24-year-old defender [Daily Record] and Carter-Vickers has been used more readily by our Old Firm rivals.

For James Sands, there is still plenty of time to make an impression on the team and squad and he will be hoping to get back into the nation’s thinking before long.

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Ahead of next season, the Rangers midfielder has had six months to settle in Scotland and fans will hope we begin to see the best of the US star in the next campaign.

Rangers reportedly fended off interest from the Bundesliga to sign James Sands and the move was considered something of a coup.