MILAN, ITALY - Tuesday, February 15, 2022: Liverpool's Harvey Elliott during the pre-match warm-up before the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 1st Leg game between FC Internazionale Milano and Liverpool FC at the Stadio San Siro. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

England coach vows to be “careful” with Harvey Elliott after call-up

Boss Lee Carsley hailed Harvey Elliott after handing him an instant England Under-21 recall.

The Liverpool star is in the squad ahead of the Euro 2023 qualifiers against Andorra and Albania this month.

Elliott is yet to feature for the Young Lions having pulled out of his first squad last September before dislocating his ankle playing for Liverpool at Leeds just days later.

The attacker, 18, has made five appearances, scoring once, since returning in February to earn praise from Carsley.

He said: “I’m excited to have Harvey back, he is someone we have rated for some time. He has shown a lot of character coming back from the injury, staying fit and breaking into the Liverpool team.

“Harvey is really talented, he has overcome a lot for such a young age: moving clubs, breaking into the Liverpool team, getting a serious injury and coming back.

“He has played 180 minutes so we have to make sure we are careful with him. We have a responsibility to protect these players. I’m looking forward to seeing Harvey playing some part in the games and he is an outstanding player.”

England Under-21s squad

England's Curtis Jones during the UEFA Euro 2021 Under-21 Qualifying Group 3 match at Molineux, Wolverhampton. ( Mike Egerton/PA Wire/PA Images)

Goalkeepers: Joe Bursik, Etienne Green, Carl Rushworth

Defenders: Lee Buchanan, Charlie Cresswell, Taylor Harwood-Bellis, Ben Johnson, Tariq Lamptey, Levi Samuels-Colwill, Djed Spence, Valentino Livramento, Luke Thomas

Midfielders: Tommy Doyle, Harvey Elliott, Jimmy Garner, Morgan Gibbs White, Curtis Jones, Jacob Ramsey

Forwards: Folarin Balogun, Angel Gomes, Anthony Gordon, Keane Lewis-Potter, Noni Madueke