Craig Burley has rubbished claims that Chelsea forward Christian Pulisic will spearhead the USA to World Cup success.

Speaking on ESPN, Burley battered away the idea that Pulisic could be his country’s ‘Captain America’ in Qatar.

Pulisic has earned this tag for being the most recognisable and arguably the best player for the United States national team.

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His profile is certainly well above any of those in Gregg Berhalter’s squad, thanks to representing Chelsea for three years.

But those three years have not done too much in the way of proving his Premier League credentials.

The 24-year-old has never been a regular at Stamford Bridge.

Whether that’s been down to injuries, poor form or new signings taking his place, consistent starts have been difficult to come by.

Which is the reason behind Burley’s annoyance at Pulisic’s superhero status amongst his own supporters.

“This sort of tag that Pulisic has from some as ‘Captain America’ which I think is a nonsense but it’s out there,” said the former Chelsea man.

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“He is their leading light. This is a guy who, let’s be honest, has been a bit part player at the last two clubs and certainly at this club for the last two or three years.”

Pulisic in poor form

Pulisic enters into the World Cup, having started just five games all term with the Blues.

This is not ideal preparation ahead of the USA’s opener against Wales later today.

Yet, the forward has generally performed well when pulling on the Stars and Stripes strip.

He scored four times in the second round of World Cup qualifiers, and twice more in a friendly with Morocco in June.

That’s double the amount Pulisic has managed for Chelsea since the end of April.

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Better pull on your cape, Christian, your nation needs you.

"Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produced regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League. Nathaniel is a full-time writer for the Chelsea Chronicle, and was formerly their social media man. His footballing career reached the sparkling heights of winning the Under-13s Bloxham Tournament in 2011."