Klinsmann: I will still be United States coach in 2018

The German expects to be in charge in Russia in four years after his side's dramatic last-16 exit from the World Cup, beaten 2-1 after extra time by Belgium in a thrilling game
By Mark Doyle in Salvador

Jurgen Klinsmann believes that he will still be in charge of United States for the next World Cup and hailed "phenomenal" goalkeeper Tim Howard after a 2-1 defeat to Belgium in Tuesday's last-16 clash at Arena Fonte Nova.

USA lost after extra time as Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku scored for Belgium before Julian Green grabbed a goal back to ensure a tense finale.

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Klinsmann hailed his team's character despite the defeat and believes that there is plenty on which to build from their performances in Brazil ahead of the next tournament in Russia in 2018.

"I think so. Yes, I think so," he replied when asked by reporters whether he will be coach in 2018.

"We have to move on. There are some young players who are coming through but are not there yet. I think there is a lot to build on going forward.

"It’s a bummer for us to end on the losing side after giving everything to the fans for 120 minutes. It was a real drama, a thriller and we had possibilities to equalise at the end.

"We are very proud of every player. They made their country proud today and with their performances in the World Cup."

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Goalkeeper Tim Howard kept the Americans in the game as he made an astonishing 15 saves in the match, the most recorded in a World Cup fixture since 1966.

Klinsmann added: "What Tim did was phenomenal. He kept us in the game for a long time. He had an amazing match.

"We wanted to get back in the game off the back of Tim. We had chances to score at the end of the 90 minutes thanks to Tim. He kept us in there for 120 minutes."