Beasley targets US spot
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Rejuvenated Rangers star DaMarcus Beasley has his sights set on forcing his way back into the USA FIFA World Cup™ squad after a sparkling performance in the Scottish giants' 6-1 win over Motherwell.

Beasley has now started the past four games after struggling to get into Rangers boss Walter Smith's plans at the beginning of the season and has now scored in successive games against Dundee United and Motherwell. The winger hopes his impressive form will hopefully catch the eye of American national team boss Bob Bradley as he decides on his squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™.

As of right now I'm outside looking in when it comes to the World Cup and I'm just enjoying playing for Rangers and trying to retain the SPL title.
Rangers and USA player DaMarcus Beasley

"The World Cup is in the back of my mind, I can't lie about that. But I'm not thinking about it too much as it is not there yet," Beasley said. "As of right now I'm outside looking in when it comes to the World Cup and I'm just enjoying playing for Rangers and trying to retain the SPL title. The next game is in March so if I get called up I do if I don't that is just it.

"I'm optimistic the call will come," he went on. "Coach Bradley has known me since I was 16 and he knows what I can do. If he feels that I can help the team then I can but if he feels there are younger players in that position then I have to respect that. I'm a grown man now not a kid and if the decision doesn't go my way then I've got to keep my chin up and keep going."

Smith praised the American's contribution on Saturday. "DaMarcus has come back into the team and played extremely well. He started his career here like that but unfortunately got a bad injury," said Smith. "But he's back and he's playing and he's the type who is liable to score a goal as well as he's shown in the last couple of games."