USA boss Juergen Klinsmann has heaped praise on veteran midfielder Jermaine Jones for the influence he brings to the national team.
The 32-year old German-born New England Revolution midfielder has been capped 46 times at international level but it is his experience and know-how at national team training which Klinsmann believes is just as effective as his impact on the pitch.
"Jermaine is a great example because he played many years in the Champions League, so really at the highest level," Klinsmann said of the former Schalke man ahead of Tuesday's friendly with Honduras in Boca Raton, Florida.
"He went through a lot of up and downs in his career. He went through a lot of arguments, changes, I don't know how many coaches, this is stuff we want him to communicate to the younger generation. How to deal with that, to adjust yourself to whatever is happening a club environment."
Klinsmann added that Jones' willingness to win and serious mindset is something that he hopes rubs off on the younger players in the US squad as he looks to build a successful culture in American soccer.
"We expect them (the senior players) to pass on the experience but also some peer pressure to say, 'There is a lot of work waiting for you, never settle, never get satisfied too early,'" Klinsmann added.
"Jermaine is one of those guys that when he gets angry, he gets angry, and we want him to show those emotions and also when he is not happy with something to express it and keep everyone on their toes."
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