Report: England want Liverpool star Ben Woodburn to switch international allegiance

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp with Ben Woodburn at the end of Fleetwood match

The 17-year-old became Liverpool's youngest ever goal-scorer against Leeds United on Tuesday night.

Liverpool's man of the moment Bed Woodburn could find himself in a fierce tug of war between international rivals England and Wales, with the Liverpool Echo reporting that Three Lions officials are desperate to convince the Dragons' under-19 star to switch his international allegiance.

Woodburn came off the bench to beat Michael Owen's longstanding record and become Liverpool's youngest ever goal-scorer at 17 years and 45 days during Tuesday night's 2-0 EFL Cup quarter-final victory over Leeds United. 

The Cheshire-born youngster was making just his second senior appearance for the Reds' against Garry Monk's men at Anfield. However his vast talents have already been picked up on by manager Jurgen Klopp, and it appears that the former Borussia Dortmund manager is not alone in his admiration of the gifted 17-year-old.

The Liverpool Echo claim that Woodburn has been on the radar of senior England officials for a number of years and, although he has chosen to represent Wales at international level during the infancy of his career, the FA retain hope that he will ultimately pledge his allegiances to the Three Lions.

Earlier this month Woodburn played a starring role for the Dragons' under-19 side, with the Liverpool youngster netting an eye-catching brace during their 6-2 demolition of Luxembourg.

At such an early stage of his professional career, Liverpool boss Klopp is likely to play down the expectations that will inevitably begin to circle around Woodburn after the youngster wrote himself into Anfield folk lore against Leeds.

A high-profile battle between England and Wales is the last thing that Woodburn needs so soon after breaking on to the scene in spectacular fashion, and hopefully the FA can act professionally and discretely to allow the midfielder to continue his meteoric rise through the Liverpool ranks without any undue distractions.

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