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Klinsmann urges USA players to put their names forward for Brazil 2014

USA national team boss Juergen Klinsmann has implored his squad to give themselves every chance of pressing for selection for the 2014 World Cup.

The US, already qualified for next year's tournament in Brazil, take on Panama in their final CONCACAF match on Tuesday night and the German has asked his players to give a good account of themselves despite the fact they don't need to take any points from the encounter.

"This is World Cup qualifying. World Cup qualifying is very serious business," Klinsmann told the Panamanian press on Monday.

"Everyone that is here is highly focused and wants to show a good game. Obviously we are happy that we are already qualified, but I told the players before the game last week that we are already preparing things for Brazil.

"Whoever goes on the field here has to show everything he has in order to build his case for Brazil."

Klinsmann added: "We expect a very energetic, highly motivated Panamanian side that will do everything possible within their capabilities to still make it happen.

"In football, things happen really quickly. An early goal suddenly in Costa Rica changes the dynamic in the stadium here, changes their belief. We are prepared for that. I think we have a team here that can win."

The US, who beat Jamaica 2-0 in Kansas City on Friday, cannot lose top spot while Panama are hoping they can beat the Americans while Mexico lose to Costa Rica in order to clinch fourth spot which would see them play off against New Zealand in a cut-throat two-legged World Cup qualifier.

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