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Saturday 24 March 2018

Who is Ben Woodburn?

Liverpool's Ben Woodburn is in the Wales squad
Liverpool's Ben Woodburn is in the Wales squad

Liverpool youngster Ben Woodburn won his first call-up to the senior Wales squad after being named in a 23-man party for the World Cup qualifier against the Republic of Ireland.

Woodburn made history in November when - at the age of 17 years and 45 days - he broke Michael Owen's record to become Liverpool's youngest-ever goalscorer with his strike in the 2-0 EFL Cup quarter-final victory over Leeds.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at the teenager's brief career to date.

:: Born in Chester and comes from the village of Tattenhall, eight miles south of the city.

:: Joined Liverpool's academy at under-7 level.

:: Educated at Bishop Heber High School in Cheshire before moving to Rainhill High School, which is Liverpool academy's official education centre.

:: Made his under-18s debut during the 2015-16 season aged just 15 and ended the campaign as joint top scorer.

:: Had his first experience with Jurgen Klopp's senior team in the 1-0 pre-season friendly win at Tranmere on July 8.

:: Scored his first goal in a Reds shirt in the 5-0 friendly win at Fleetwood on July 13, finding the target again against Wigan a few days later.

:: Signed his first professional contract on November 8.

:: Named in a Liverpool squad for the first time for the win over Sunderland on November 26, coming off the bench in added time for the briefest of debuts.

:: Made first Liverpool start in FA Cup third-round tie with Plymouth at Anfield in January.

:: Has been involved in the Wales set-up since the age of 13 and played for various age groups, including the Under-17s - who he captained - and U19s.

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