Liverpool U23s striker Rhian Brewster has been included in Steve Cooper’s 21-man England squad for next month’s U17s World Cup in India.
The young Lions will take on Chile (October 8), Mexico (October 11) and Iraq (October 14) in Group F of the tournament, where they will be based in Kolkata.
After reaching the final of the U17 European Championship in Croatia earlier this year, Cooper’s side will be hoping for a similarly successful spell this time out.
The 37-year-old has made a host of changes to his selection, with Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho and Fulham’s Steven Sessegnon among seven players to come into his group.
And the squad is certainly very strong, with Brewster joined by a host of high-potential young talents in representing England.
Brewster has scored three goals and laid on a further three assists in six games for the U23s so far this season, setting up another for Steven Gerrard’s U19s in the UEFA Youth League.
His pedigree in front of goal is hugely impressive, and speaking after Friday night’s 4-2 win over Tottenham at Anfield, U23 manager Neil Critchley praised the teenager for his efforts.
“We’ve been talking to Rhian about making more runs and running off the line, being a constant threat behind the defence,” he told the Liverpool Echo.
“He got in once in the first half and missed but he didn’t let his head drop.
“He got his reward for a lovely ball from Lloyd [Jones] and it was a deft finish over the goalkeeper and that was a reward for his persistence.
“I was delighted for him when he scored at the Kop End.”
The U17 World Cup runs from October 6 to 28, ensuring that, if England reach the final at the Salt Lake Stadium, Brewster could miss three games for the U23s next month.
England U17 World Cup Squad
Defenders: Timothy Eyoma (Tottenham Hotspur), Morgan Gibbs-White (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Lewis Gibson (Everton), Marc Guehi (Chelsea), Joel Latibeaudiere (Manchester City), Tashan Oakley Boothe (Tottenham Hotspur), Jonathan Panzo (Chelsea), Steven Sessegnon (Fulham)