By Scott Taylor
Ovie Ejaria has been called up to the latest England U20 squad for their games against South Korea, Iran and Nigeria in the Continetal Cup in Suwon, South Korea.
The midfielder, 18, made his debut for the Young Lions in October in a 3-1 win against Germany before scoring his maiden goal in the 2-0 win over the USA days later.
Ejaria, who previously represented Nigeria at youth level, will come up against his former side, after switching allegiances to the country of his birth.
The youngster will be part of a 24-man squad that will open their tournament against Nigeria on 9 November before facing the hosts a day later and finishing against Iran on 12 November.
Paul Williams’ side will be hoping to replicate the same results when Ejaria was last in the squad, with England claiming three consecutive wins over Germany, the Netherlands and the USA.
Ejaria has made two appearances for the Liverpool first-team since making his debut in the September, both in the EFL Cup, with the midfielder playing 90 minutes against Tottenham.
Due to his step up to the first-team squad, Ejaria has played just six times for Michael Beale’s U23s this season, scoring his one and only goal in a 4-0 win against Leicester on 11 September.
Should he feature against Nigeria, he may come up against fellow Liverpool team-mate Taiwo Awoniyi, with the Nigerian making a mark on loan at NEC Nijmegen this season.