Chelsea’s £58m signing Christian Pulisic is not going to let his failure to impress Frank Lampard have an impact on his international form.
The 21-year-old has played a key role for the United States national team since making his debut in 2016 under Jürgen Klinsmann, scoring 13 times in 32 games.
“I feel the best I ever have,” Pulisic said on Wednesday.
“I feel very confident in my game.
“I’m not going to let any of that affect me.
“I feel very strong, and I’m really looking forward to this game on Friday.”
Gregg Berhalter’s side are set to take on Cuba in the CONCACAF Nations League on Friday before Canada on Wednesday.
Pulisic came off the bench to bag an assist for Chelsea in the 4-1 win over Southampton on Sunday, and Lampard has urged him to keep working hard.
The ex-England midfielder said: “I get asked weekly ‘why is he not in the squad?’ and ‘why is he on the bench?’ when it comes to certain players.
“We need all of the players.
“You need the contribution of Michy [Batshuayi] coming on and getting his goal. He’s been training really well.
“Christian coming on with a great assist for the goal. Those players, absolutely we need them as the games come thick and fast.
“At the moment we are going well and keeping a similar core of the team.
“But we are going to need everyone and that means training at a level and being happy as a complete group when we come away and get a result like this.”