Thursday 19 October 2017

Liverpool's Woodburn set for Wales call-up

Liverpool's Ben Woodburn
Liverpool's Ben Woodburn

Jamie Holland

Liverpool teenager Ben Woodburn could join Wales' World Cup campaign against the Republic of Ireland next week - and end doubts over his international future.

Woodburn became the youngest scorer in Liverpool history - at the age of 17 years and 45 days - when he netted in the 2-0 EFL Cup victory over Leeds in November.

His Liverpool debut came as a substitute against Sunderland in November and he has now made seven appearances.

The teenager has yet to start a Premier League game, but produced an impressive cameo off the bench in the Reds' 2-1 win over Burnley on Sunday.

Woodburn also qualifies for England but has been in the Wales set-up since the age of 13 and has captained Wales at under-17 level and has also won under-19 caps.

Real Madrid's Gareth Bale and Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey are both available after recent injuries.

Huddersfield goalkeeper Danny Ward has also recovered from a leg injury and on-loan Ipswich midfielder Jonathan Williams has stepped his recovery from a long-term shoulder problem.

Woodburn's Liverpool team-mate Harry Wilson - who became Wales' youngest player at the age of 16 years and 207 days when he played against Belgium in 2013 - is also under consideration.

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