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Neco Williams Could Face Decision Over International Future

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Wales were set to call up the youngster in March but England could be interested.

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Liverpool right back Neco Williams may have a choice to make concerning his international future with reports that Wales’ plans to call up the 18-year-old in March could be torpedoed by English interest in the youngster.

With Williams impressing for the U23s and in the cups with the senior squad, expectations had been for him to be called up and given his Wales debut in one of the country’s upcoming friendlies against the USA and Austria.

However, The Mirror claims England had coaches at the recent FA Cup replay specifically tasked with watching Williams, who would be eligible to play for the Three Lions internationally due to having English grandparents.

Whether England would go as far as to call Williams up and give him a brief appearance to secure his future lies with them is, of course, another matter, and given his age and status it’s likelier they would ask him to wait.

That would mean Williams is likely to face a choice between playing for Wales now—in a likely very limited capacity—or waiting on the chance of an England call-up that may never arrive while potentially burning bridges with Wales.

While a regular first team role with Liverpool—and, one imagines, any nation—is probably a few years off for Williams, he has been one of the Reds’ standout youngsters along with Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott this year.