Report: Officials monitor Liverpool sensation, want switch in allegiance
By Harvey Byrne
The Football Association are hoping Liverpool youngster Ben Woodburn will switch his international allegiances to England, according to a report.
The Liverpool Echo have claimed senior England officials have monitored the 17-year-old’s progress and they are now hoping he will represent the Three Lions.
The record-breaking sensation, who became Liverpool’s youngest-ever goalscorer with his strike in the 2-0 League Cup win over Leeds on Tuesday night, has featured for Wales at youth level so far in his career with 12 appearances across the Under-17s and 19s.
However, with his recent emergence to the Liverpool senior team England are now hoping the Chester-born attacker will represent his home country in the future.
Woodburn made his senior debut for the Reds earlier in the month, coming off the bench for Georginio Wijnaldum on the 89th minute against Sunderland.
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He was then handed another substitute appearance on Tuesday evening against Leeds in the EFL Cup at Anfield.
The starlet appeared from the bench on the 67th minute for Kevin Stewart, scoring his first senior goal for the club just 14 minutes later as his side won 2-0.
England are now hoping Woodburn can join the names of Jamie Carragher, Michael Owen, Robbie Fowler and Steven Gerrard, who all came through the Liverpool academy before eventually representing the Three Lions.
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