Sheffield Wednesday: Onyewu eyes double call-up

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Oguchi Onyewu is challenging to step up for club and country.

Wednesday’s seasoned international is in the thoughts of USA boss Jurgen Klinsmann as the World Cup approaches.

Oguchi Onyewu has been named in the US squad

Oguchi Onyewu has been named in the US squad

The centre half is also in contention for an Owls recall against Middlesbrough today.

He played in last week’s win at Huddersfield after missing three games with a calf injury but came off with an Achilles tendon niggle and was an unused sub against Charlton.

Only further injury trouble could prevent him from joining a US training camp in Frankfurt tomorrow and filling his place in Klinsmann’s squad for a friendly against Ukraine in Cyprus.

His selection for next Wednesday’s game, which is being played on neutral ground because of the trouble in Ukraine, shows that he has a chance of making the world finals in Brazil and reflects his sound form for the Owls since he was signed in January for the rest of the season after leaving QPR.

Stuart Gray believes that his team could have defended better in the Charlton game - and Onyewu is among his options,

Klinsmann said: “This game is a huge opportunity, mainly for our European-based players, for those guys to prove to us that they are eager and hungry to jump on the train to the World Cup, “With this game being the only chance for these players before our World Cup preparation camp begins, it’s even more important they have a good showing.”

Meanwhile, Wednesday still face an appearance-linked pay-out if Gary Madine returns to their team but it is now understood to be less than the £100,000 previously indicated.

Both clubs have declined to comment. Carlisle last season disclosed details about Madine’s transfer and were described as “unprofessional” by Milan Mandaric.