Former Fulham midfielder Clint Dempsey has been elected into US Soccer’s national hall of fame.

Dempsey was surprised by the news during his role as a television pundit ahead of the USA’s World Cup qualifier against Canada over the weekend. He becomes the fourth former Fulham player to be inducted into the hall of fame following in the footsteps of Brian McBride, Carlos Bocanegra and Kasey Keller.

Dempsey, the first American to score in three World Cup finals, scored 57 goals in 141 senior internationals. He remains Fulham’s highest ever Premier League goalscorer – with fifty goals in England’s top flight – and was famously part of the side that reached the 2010 Europa League final, scoring a stunning winner in the stirring comeback against Juventus at Craven Cottage. Dempsey scored 60 goals in 232 games across two spells with Fulham and will be formally inducted into the hall of fame in May.