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Dempsey on Being USA Captain

  • Goal.com, Friday, June 7, 2013 12:14 PM

The USA is 2-1-1 since coach Jurgen Klinsmann gave Clint Dempsey the captain’s armband, and the Tottenham Hotspur forward has responded with four goals, three of which have been crucial. Asked what has changed since he became national team captain, the Texas native responded: "I don't personally feel any different. [My mentality is],'Go out and win and represent your country well.' That's always been my focus."

Dempsey admitted that there’s more responsibility on his shoulders to be a leader, which he says is something he shares with fellow veterans Tim Howard and Michael Bradley. "It does give you confidence as a player knowing that your manager believes in you and the players have supported that decision," he added.

When asked about Klinsmann’s controversial comments in a Wall Street Journal article last year during which he said the then-Fulham player hadn’t accomplished ‘s***’, Dempsey replied: "I think that things are still the same in the sense that he still wants me to push myself and stay hungry. That's something that I've always done anyway," he said. "I've always challenged myself... I've always wanted to play at the highest level possible and be around the best players because of being so competitive and fighting to be better."

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