The American defender has expressed frustration at missing out on his nations final World Cup qualifying squad

John Brooks has shared his disappointment at missing out on the United States mens national teams final World Cup qualifying squad.

The Wolfsburg center back says his “American identity is at stake” as he tries to win over head coach Gregg Berhalter.

Brooks, a World Cup veteran, has not featured for the USMNT since last September.

“Months ago, I accepted responsibility for my play and the decision that kept me off a roster,” Brooks told Derek Rae. “Now, I’m happy I’ve regained my form but unfortunately, I wasn’t invited to camp.

“I accept this as the coach’s decision, but I won’t accept that I can’t change this before the final World Cup roster selections. There should be no questions about my desire to play for this team. My plan is to fight as hard as I can to make it back to the USMNT.

“My American identity is at stake, an identity some have questioned over many years. We (Americans) have all been down & out at different times, but we always fight back & I plan to do the same.”

“The reason why is, Ive talked to him and, when you look at these windows, and I hate to get detailed about this regarding individual players, but when you look at the window in October, he had an injury,” Berhalter said. “November, we werent happy with his form. In general, we werent happy with his club form.

“Now hes back playing and now it becomes about what our game plan is for this window. There are some details in his game that I talked to him about that we need to improve to fit into our game model.

“We dont have time on Tuesday to improve these things. The games on Thursday, the games on Sunday, theres not a runway here.

“So I think when this whole thing settles down, and hopefully were in the World Cup and we have the June window, the September window, I think therell be another opportunity for him where we can really start addressing what we think his deficiencies are to be the starting center back in our pool.”

Right now, Walker Zimmerman and Miles Robinson are Berhalters first-choice central defenders, while Aaron Long, Erik Palmer-Brown and James Sands have also been called into camp.

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