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Liverpool teenager included in Wales squad for World Cup qualifier against Ireland

17-year-old Ben Woodburn has been called up by Chris Coleman.

Liverpool v Burnley - Premier League - Anfield Liverpool teenager Ben Woodburn Source: PA Wire/PA Images

LIVERPOOL TEENAGER BEN Woodburn has received his first senior international call-up after being named in the Wales squad for their crunch World Cup qualifier with Ireland next week.

Wales travel to face Ireland at the Aviva Stadium and have named their 23-man squad for the game on Friday 24 March.

And manager Chris Coleman has drafted in 17-year-old Woodburn, who last November eclipsed Michael Owen as the youngest scorer in Liverpool’s history when netting in the EFL Cup against Leeds United.

Star man Gareth Bale is named in the squad as he is fully recovered from his recent injury travails.

2016 Christmas Sport Package Source: Martin Rickett

Wales are able to call on their entire starting eleven from last summer’s Euro 2016 semi-final against Portugal.

Simon Church, who came on as a substitute, is the only player who featured in that game to miss out, after recent hip surgery.

The Wales squad in full reads:

Goalkeepers

Wayne Hennessy (Crystal Palace)
Danny Ward (Huddersfield Town)
Owain Fôn Williams (Inverness)

Defenders

Ashley Williams (Everton)
Chris Gunter (Reading)
Neil Taylor (Aston Villa)
James Collins (West Ham)
Joe Walsh (MK Dons)
Shaun MacDonald (Wigan Athletic)
Ben Davies (Tottenham Hotspur)
James Chester (Aston Villa)

Midfielders

Joe Allen (Stoke City)
Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal)
Andy King (Leicester City)
Joe Ledley (Crysal Palace)
Jazz Richards (Cardiff City)
David Edwards (Wolves)

Forwards

Gareth Bale (Real Madrid)
Sam Vokes (Burnley)
Tom Lawrence (Ipswich Town)
Tom Bradshaw (Barnsley)
Ben Woodburn (Liverpool)
Hal Robson-Kanu (West Brom)

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