Josh Sargent reflects on USMNT World Cup call-up, says he ‘will be okay’ despite injury scare

A hush fell over Carrow Road in the 79th minute when Josh Sargent fell to the ground and punched the turf.

On Wednesday, the 22-year-old Norwich coach Greg Berhalter told him he was going to the World Cup, and here he was for a moment fearing that dream was gone.

The challenge, during Norwich’s 2-1 injury time defeat by Middlesbrough on Saturday, left Sargent with a blow to his left ankle and a cut on the side of his right knee. He was quickly replaced after that.

But at the final whistle, there was no doubt in his mind that it would haunt his memories for weeks to come.

“It’s going to be good. It (the World Cup) went over my mind, but at the same time I think I knew it wasn’t going to be too bad or I wasn’t going.”

“It definitely hurt a lot. I don’t know what happened. The ankle that came on and that’s what I was worried about at first, then when I stood up I felt the cut more. But I’ll be fine

“I think if you think about it (getting injured) too much and try to play a different way, you’re probably going to get injured, so I just tried to go out and play the way I normally do.”

With the initial panic, you can sense that Sargent is starting to entertain the idea of ​​a trip to Qatar – which will happen on Sunday – before joining the USMNT squad ahead of their Group B opener against Wales on November 21.

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Then four days later, before playing Iran, they face England.

“I don’t think it’s sunk in yet,” said Sgt. I’m sure it will when I get there tomorrow, but obviously I’m very excited.

“To score a goal before the World Cup helps my confidence a lot so I’m really happy to get it. It’s a quick turnaround and I’ve only got a week to get ready for the first game so I guess I guess I have to get ready for that hot weather.

I don’t really have much time to think about it. I think we have a friendly on Thursday, but I don’t know who we’re playing, so don’t ask me!

I do my best to stop and smell the roses when I’m there. Just take small moments and smile and think to yourself that you are here. You’ve made it to the World Cup but at the same time knowing you’ve got something to do and get back to reality as much as you can.

“It’s a big opportunity. Everyone wants to showcase themselves because every club in the world will be watching. So it will be very cool.”

Sargent’s World Cup dream began with an encouraging video of Berhalter telling his striker the good news.

Sargent confirmed that the video was indeed the moment he found out, after receiving the call and going to his bedroom to get the news in private. After the call, he shared a lovely moment with his wife, Kirsten, and 11-month-old baby Roman, who were waiting for him downstairs.

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“I didn’t know how it was going to go,” Sargent said Athletes. A few people have already called me to ask if I’ve been contacted yet and if I know I’m going. And I was like no! So I guess I won’t go.

I was anxious all day and then he finally called me at night and that’s why you can see I’m so happy. “Just because I didn’t know how the call was going to be made.”

It was just as bittersweet when Zach beat Stephen with his own goal. Middlesbrough’s American goalkeeper missed the USMNT team.

Stephen made a superb save in the second half to deny Sargent a double, which also gave the pair a chance to talk.

“I haven’t seen him in a long time,” said Sgt. I thought someone was coming in and I didn’t get a chance to say hi to him before the game, so I thought it would be a good time to say, “Good save,” then we should back off after the game. also.

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“I definitely feel for him. I feel for all the guys who have been part of the qualifiers and all the national team camps for a long time – and then not going to the World Cup, which every player wants to go to, is heartbreaking. I I feel for him.”

Stephen may get other opportunities. The imminent Sgt. He feels that facing England will probably be the biggest moment of his career to date. It certainly stood out to him when the draw was originally made.

Sargent smiled: “Half the people (around his club) say they’ll be happy if I score against England and half won’t.” “It’s huge. I know there’s history between us and it’s going to be a really good game.

We have a very young group of guys who are very confident in themselves and we know that whoever we face, we’re not going to shy away from how we want to play. “We will bring a lot of energy.”

And with that, the sergeant disappeared down the corridor of Carrow Road. Next stop, the World Cup.

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