Liverpool tracked prospect withdrawn from England duty - report

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Birmingham City’s Demarai Gray has withdrawn from the England Under-19 squad due to an injury.

Gray has cemented himself as one of the most promising youngsters outside of the Premier League this season, with his performances on the wing one of the shining lights of an otherwise disappointing season for the Blues.

The 18-year-old has made eight appearances for his hometown club this season, scoring once, and his early season form saw him make his debut for the England Under-19’s in the last international break in September.

He was in line to add to his tally this month, but a report has revealed that the youngster has been withdrawn from the England set-up for their next three European qualifiers.

An ankle injury suffered on September 27 saw Gray last just 72 minutes before his substitution in a 2-1 home defeat by Fulham, and he has featured sparingly since, not even making an appearance over the past weekend.

However, the withdrawal is said to be just a precaution, with Blues boss Lee Clark keen to get the youngster back to full fitness before the return of Championship action next week. He will miss games against Belarus, Luxembourg and Belgium, but his decision shows an incredible maturity - with his fitness of more importance than appearing in three needless games for his country.

Not only has his early season form caught the eyes of the international set-up, but a number of top flight clubs were said to be tracking the youngster in recent weeks. It was revealed that Liverpool reportedly have agreed a deal with the player to match any offer that may be presented to him by any other club, whilst Crystal Palace had a bid rejected for the youngster on transfer deadline day.

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