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Nurnberg's Chandler admits to surprise at USA call-up

FC Nurnberg defender Timmy Chandler has revealed that there was an element of surprise in his recent USA selection.

The 24-year old right-back started just five Bundesliga games in 2014 after sustaining a knee injury during the campaign but was called up to Juergen Klinsmann's 30-man preliminary squad for the World Cup.

While admitting it was a shock to gain inclusion in Klinsmann's roster, Chandler felt his experience in Germany's top flight helped the US boss make his decision.

"I was surprised, for sure," said Frankfurt-born Chandler who last played for the US in a losing WC qualifier against Honduras in February 2013.

"The Bundesliga is one of the best leagues in the world and I have played something like 100 games [95 league games]."

As for the Group G meeting with Germany in Brazil, Chandler was eagerly anticipating the June 26 clash with the country of his birth.

"For sure, they make jokes," he said of the people in Germany.

"Some would say, 'Don't win against them.' Some would say, 'Kick their ass.' When we play Germany, it will be a very nice game."

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