Another Flanagan? Liverpool youngster makes international debut

Northern Ireland Fans

The young defender won his first cap for Northern Ireland against England's World Cup opponents Uruguay.

Northern Ireland put up a brave fight in a narrow 1-0 loss to Uruguay in Montevideo earlier on today.

A Suarez-less Uruguay struggled to break down Michael O'Neill's stubborn side, and the home team had to wait until the 62nd minute to score what turn out to be the sole goal, when Christian Stuani netted from close range.

Of particular interest to Liverpool fans is the fact that despite Suarez's absence, the Reds saw two of their players take to the field.

The first was giant Uruguayan centre back Sebastian Coates, who has actually played more games for the national team than he has in the Premier League, where he has struggled to impress. Coates spent a loan spell at former club Nacional this season to hold on to his World Cup spot.

But the slightly less known player to feature in South America was 19-year-old right back Ryan McLaughlin, who made his debut for the full Northern Ireland team to become the first Liverpool man to play for the Green and White Army in over 78 years.

McLaughlin didn't make the pitch until the 81st minute, but is highly thought of at Liverpool and is the latest in a long line of promising fullbacks to emerge from Anfield, after Jon Flanagan, Jack Robinson, Martin Kelly and Andre Wisdom have all displayed promise.

The Belfast-born defender was on loan at Barnsley this year, and will now head back to Liverpool looking to follow the lead of the impressive Flanagan, and force his way into compatriot Brendan Rodgers' first team plans.

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