By Scott Taylor
Sheyi Ojo, Jordan Williams and Harry Wilson are the latest Liverpool youngsters to be awarded call-ups to their national sides this week. Wigan Athletic loanee Ojo, 17, is included in England’s Under-18s squad. Williams, 19, and Wilson, 17, have both been selected for Wales-Under 21s.
Ojo has been named as part of a 20-man squad for England Under-18s’ fixtures with Switzerland. Neil Dewsnip’s side first face their counterparts in a behind-closed-doors at their training facility at St. George’s Park next week. They then play Switzerland again at Walsall FC’s Banks’s Stadium on 28 March. The visitors were also competing at the Under-17 Euro Finals in May 2014, but the two sides did not meet during the competition.
Wilson and Williams are two of 18 players to be selected for Wales Under-21s squad for their UEFA U21 Championships Qualifying Group 5 fixture against Bulgaria. The game will provide good experience for both Williams and Wilson, because it will be played at the City Stadium on 31 March. Wales U21 Manager Geraint Williams selected both Wilson and Williams over their impressive form for Liverpool’s Under-21s side.
Williams is a versatile midfielder that can also play as a central defender. He made his debut in Liverpool’s victory over Middlesbrough in the third round of the Capital One Cup tie in September 2014. Wilson made headlines when he came on for Wales for the final few minutes in their 1-1 draw with Belgium in October 2013. He became Wales’ youngest ever player, aged 16 years and 207 days, beating the record previously set by Gareth Bale by 108 days. Wales are in a group consisting of Denmark, Armenia, Luxembourg and Bulgaria, with a place in the finals in Poland up for grabs.