Stoke loanee Edu calm about World Cup chances

Maurice Edu says he is focused on playing consistently well for Philadelphia Union rather than worrying about his USA national team chances.

Maurice Edu says he is focused on playing consistently well for Philadelphia Union rather than worrying about his USA national team chances.

The Stoke City midfielder, who is on loan with the Union, has played 46 times for the US and is certainly in the mix for Juergen Klinsmann’s World Cup roster for Brazil 2014.

Edu has been in solid form in his 11 outings for the Union so far this term which could enhance his chances but he has made it clear that he wants to improve their mediocre record of one win, five draws and five losses before even pondering the World Cup.

"It's something I am looking forward to but not putting that ahead of what is going on here," Edu said after Saturday's 1-0 loss to DC United.

"I try to focus on trying to get results here, because at the moment that is what is important.

"I have a lot of belief in this team here, and I strongly believe we can still do something special this season.

"It is going to take that first win."

He added: "It is easy to put your head down and kind of give in, but we need to continue to stay strong as a group.

"We have to keep our heads up and keep believing in what we are doing."

 
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