Landon Donovan hasn't given up hope of playing at World Cup

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Landon Donovan spoke to the Dan Patrick show Friday to discuss his recent omission from the United States' 23-man squad for this summer's FIFA World Cup.

Speaking to the host, the veteran attacker spoke on how he had come to terms with the decision of national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, whilst intermitting that he hadn't given up hope of joining his teammates in Brazil:

"It's part of life," Donovan explained.

"Now, after being disappointed, I speak to the guys a lot and they're all excited and they leave for Brazil in a few days so I'm excited now for watching and supporting them.

"It's a little bitter-sweet but it'll still be fun to watch them," continued the MLS' all-time top goalscorer.

Whilst accepting the decision, Donovan did confirm that he was still available to make the World Cup roster should circumstances leave the opportunity open:

"Let's hope that doesn't happen," Donovan explained when asked whether an injury would free up a slot for him.

"But of course, I'm not going to turn that down. I love playing for this country, I love this country if I get a chance to do it of course I would.

"I'm ready if called upon."

That call however remains in doubt even if one of those chosen ahead of Donovan succumbs to injury in the next few days with the LA Galaxy man admitting that Klinsmann himself had not intermitted to him that he would be the first port of call on the reserve list.

Donovan has been in fine form for the Galaxy since discovering he would not feature in the summer soccer tournament, scoring three goals in his past two outings.

The 32-year-old is however realistic that his chances of scoring in Brazil are slim, instead revealing to Patrick his elaborate plan for watching USMNT games on home soil in a bar:

"What if I wear my full uniform, a broad rimmed hat, fake nose and glasses and then when the US scores and we win, I rip it off and cheer with everyone," joked Donovan.

That would certainly be a unique way for Donovan to remember the 2014 World Cup as he prepares for to watch the event as an outsider for the first time in 12 years.

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