Liverpool prospect Joao Teixeira targeting Portugal return

Joao Teixeira

The Brighton and Hove Albion forward is keen to fight for his place in the Portuguese national team.

The young winger is currently on loan with the Seagulls for the season, and has impressed heavily despite the poor start of form endured on the South Coast.

He has made just one appearance for the Reds first-team, but his form for the youth team at Anfield has seen him win a call-up to the Portuguese Under-21 side, with whom he made his debut for in a friendly against Croatia in 2013.

However, he has failed to be included in the set-up since last year, and the 21-year-old is keen to continue impressing FA chiefs with strong performances for Brighton.

Speaking to the official Seagulls website, he said: “I have always played for the national team. Now it’s a year that I’ve not been in the under-21s and of course I want to play for my country.

“Hopefully I will be back. It is hard because we have great young players like my friends in Portugal, but some of them play abroad as well.

“But I will keep working to do well for Brighton and then get back into the national team.”

The youngster has offered an attacking threat to a side distinctly lacking in potency this season, with former Liverpool man Sami Hyypia leading Brighton to just two wins from 11 games since his arrival over the summer. The South Coast side sit just four points off the relegation places heading into the return of Championship action, and they will be relying on Teixeira to continue performing at the top of his game if they intend to repeat the play-off finishes enjoyed in the past two seasons.

Primarily an attacking midfield, Teixeira also revealed that he is willing to play in any position, as long as it guarantees him first-team playing time.

He added: “I play number 10 behind the striker but sometimes they ask me to play more on the right or more on the left, but I’m not bothered about it, I just want to play!”

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