Liverpool rookie handed shock promotion
By Matt Bullin
Liverpool Under-23 captain Harry Wilson has received an unexpected call-up to the senior Wales squad.
The shock inclusion comes as Wilson replaces Ipswich Town’s Tom Lawrence, who has withdrawn from the squad due to injury.
Wilson, joins fellow Reds starlet Ben Woodburn in the squad who will face the Republic of Ireland in a World Cup Qualifier this Friday night.
— Wales (@FAWales) March 20, 2017
Wilson made his full senior debut for Wales in 2013 against Belgium, coming on as an 87th minute substitute to replace Hal Robson-Kanu in the World Cup Qualifier.
The forward was just 16 and 207 days old back then and by winning that cap, he became Wales’ youngest ever player, breaking Gareth Bale’s record by 108 days.
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Wilson also won his Grandfather, Peter Edwards, £125,000 when he made the appearance.
Edwards had placed a £50 bet with William Hill on his grandson becoming an international footballer when he was just 18 months old.
The Welshman, now 19, has since featured in Wales’ senior squad a number of times, most recently in the 2015 post-season training camp, but has not made another appearance, instead featuring twice for the Wales Under-19 team.
The youngster has made just one appearance for the Liverpool first team this season, against Plymouth in the FA Cup, but he has been in terrific form for the Under-23s.
Wilson, who has operated mainly from the right wing for the young Reds, has been involved in 15 goals (nine goals and six assists) in the Premier League 2.
Liverpool fans and Wilson himself will be hoping he can carry that good form into the clash on Friday night should he be given an opportunity.
In other Liverpool news, Klopp has given an update on Emre Can’s future at Anfield.