They stood proudly among the Stars and Stripes for the USA’s first World Cup game against Wales.
But three players on the US team who will play against the Three Lions tomorrow were born in England – a fourth played for England’s youth before making the move to America.
They are some of the 137 footballers who will not represent their country of birth at the World Cup in Qatar.
Left-back Antonee Robinson, 25, was born in Liverpool, while Yunus Musah, 19, grew up in London and trained at the Arsenal academy.
Winger Gio Reyna, 20, was born in Sunderland, while Cameron Carter-Vickers, a 24-year-old centre-back, hails from Southend-On-Sea.
All four are eligible to represent the US through their American ancestry, and together they have represented the country dozens of times.
Below, MailOnline takes a look at their interesting backstories.
Antonee Robinson’s energetic performances for USA and Premier League side Fulham make him one to watch on the pitch, but the left-back’s talents extend far beyond football.
In addition to playing the piano, the 25-year-old is also an accomplished magician – who wowed fans on social media earlier this year with a stunning card trick that quickly garnered thousands of views.
In the video, Robinson – who goes by the nickname ‘Jedi’ – is seen telling a story while simultaneously turning over the top card of the deck to match what he is reciting. The ‘Jedi Mind Trick’ clearly impresses his fellow players, who can be seen cheering and clapping at the end.
Liverpool native Antonee Robinson pictured with his fiancée, Darcy Myers. He was born and raised in Halewood, Merseyside
“You know what, a lot of things grab my attention and when I see something that flips a switch in my head and intrigues me, I want to find out if I have the ability to do it, then I commit to learning how,” Robinson said The times.
“Things like the Rubik’s Cube and playing a piano song. I saw that card trick on a Facebook video when I was 15 and learned it because I thought it was cool, but it’s not the most impressive card trick I can do. The secret is in the chatter. I think being Scouse helps because we can tell a story.”
There is no mistaking Robinson’s Scouse credentials. Born and raised in Halewood, Merseyside, the Fulham star still speaks with a Scouse accent.
He qualifies for the US through his father, Tony, a project manager who was born in England but grew up in New York and attended Duke University before returning to England and meeting Antonee’s mother, Kelly.
In addition to playing the piano, the 25-year-old is also an accomplished magician. He was seen doing the “Jedi Mind Trick” here
Robinson – a Calvin Klein model – qualifies for the US through his father, Tony, a project manager who was born in England but grew up in New York and attended Duke University
Tony managed a youth soccer team, which Antonee played for when he was five. A fan of nicknames, Tony usually asked new players how they wanted to be known – expecting his son to say “Thierry,” after his favorite player, Thierry Henry.
Instead, because he had been watching Star Wars, Antonee replied “Jedi” – a name that has stuck with him ever since.
As a boy, Robinson attended the Everton academy and despite an invitation to join the England Under-21 camp, accepted a call up from the US senior team. He is now an established player in the team, with the side’s 1–1 draw against Wales marking his 30th appearance.
Outside of his football career, he has modeled for Calvin Klein and Nike. He announced his engagement to Darcy Myers, his girlfriend of three years, in March, and the couple had a baby girl late last year.
Robinson said he ‘couldn’t be happier’ with a draw against England.
“I grew up and lived in England all my life and played against pretty much the entire England squad. So playing against England is not intimidating but exciting’
He announced his engagement to Mrs Myers, his girlfriend of three years, in March, and the couple had a baby girl late last year
The son of an NHS maintenance worker, Yunus Musah was a product of Arsenal’s academy and spent five years with the FA’s development system – with the ambition to play for England.
However, ambition led the midfielder to turn down the chance to continue with England and allow him to leave Arsenal to join Valencia to play football at the highest level. Tomorrow he will close the horns with some familiar faces.
Musah, who is 19 and speaks with a London accent, knows Bukayo Saka and Jude Bellingham well, but has missed the chance to renew acquaintance with them ahead of a crucial Group B match. Moreover, he does not regret that he said goodbye.
Yunus Musah, who is 19 and speaks with a London accent, knows Bukayo Saka and Jude Bellingham well
“I don’t think I know how I’ll feel playing against England,” said Musah. “But it’s definitely a special game because I’ve played for both sides and to be on the pitch with both national teams I’ve played with is special.
“I made the decision (to play for the US) because I was born here (in New York). That was one of the most important things.
Plus, at such a young age, the opportunity was something I wanted to grab. It was great when the manager called Gregg Berhalter and gave me that chance.’
Musah, who has already played 20 caps for the US, added: ‘I played for England for a few years.
“I had a really good time with them and a lot of respect for them – for everything they’ve done for me – but Gareth Southgate and I never had any conversations.
“That decision was very difficult because, as I said, I had a great time with England and that country has done a lot for me – so when it came time to make the decision, it was difficult.”
There was a sense of inevitability that Giovanni Reyna would become a world star.
The son of former Manchester City and Rangers midfielder Claudio Reyna and US women’s international Danielle Egan, Gio, as he is affectionately known by those closest to him, was ready from the start to combine his father’s creativity with athletic prowess from his mother. Football is indeed in his blood.
Named after his father’s former teammate at Rangers, Giovanni van Bronckhorst, the versatile Dutch player who also played for Barcelona and Arsenal, expectations were immediately high.
Borussia Dortmund and American star ‘Gio’ Reyna pose in Dortmund in an advertisement for Adidas
To go back to the beginning, Reyna, 20, was born in Sunderland in 2002 with his father playing in red and white in the Premier League.
French fries were his favorite food and Spongebob Squarepants would be his favorite TV show.
Early reports about him described how he initially possessed an English accent, but that soon evaporated when he moved to the United States and entered NYCFC’s academy system.
In addition to England, Reyna could also have played for Portugal and Argentina.
The 20-year-old was born in Sunderland in 2002 with his father playing in red and white in the Premier League
His grandmother Maria is Portuguese and was the reason he qualified for a European passport. That was key to getting him to sign with Dortmund at age 16, rather than having to wait until he was 18, which would have been necessary with a US passport.
Meanwhile, his grandfather, Miguel, played professionally in Argentina.
As well as playing for the US national team, he is also an attacking midfielder or winger for Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund.
Born in Southend-On-Sea, Carter-Vickers progressed through Tottenham’s academy and in the summer of 2014 was part of a team that beat the US under-17s 5-3.
He made his first-team debut in 2016, but made just five appearances for the senior side and was loaned out to Sheffield United, Ipswich, Swansea, Stoke, Luton and Bournemouth before joining Celtic.
Carter-Vickers first represented the US at under-18 level in 2014 and started several games in the under-20 World Cup in 2015 despite being only 17 at the time.
Cameron Carter-Vickers is another American player with ties to England who was born in Southend-On-Sea in Essex
In 2016, it was reported that the England FA had made inquiries about the upcoming star, but he was quickly included in the first team and made his senior debut in 2018.
Carter-Vickers’ father is Howard Carter, an American basketball player, who met his English mother, Geraldine, while they were both working in Greece.
He was on the bench for the game against Wales.