The Athletic quoted the Portuguese Football Federation on Tuesday as reported that Liverpool forward Fabio Carvalho has informed the authorities that he no longer wants to represent the Portuguese U21s national team.
According to the report, the Portuguese Football Federation recently announced the list of the country’s U21s national team for the international friendly match against the Czech Republic U21s national team and the Japan U21s national team next week, but Carvalho sent a text message to the authorities saying that he no longer wants to represent Portugal’s U21s national team, and did not report the national team training camp on time. With the release of this shocking news, it is inevitable that people will think of the possibility that Carvalho may intend to make a U-turn and represent England again.
The 20-year-old Carvalho was born in Torres Vedras, Portugal on August 30, 2002. He is 1.7 meters tall and primarily plays as a forward, but he can also play as an attacking midfielder. He played the Benfica youth academy when he was young, immigrated to the UK with his family in 2013, settled in London, and subsequently obtained British citizenship.
Carvalho began to join the Fulham youth academy in 2015, and began to represent the England U16s, U17s and U18s youth national teams respectively in 2017. He played a total of 29 times at each level, scoring 2 goals and assisting 1 time.
In the summer of 2021, Carvalho accepted the invitation of the Portuguese Football Federation and chose to represent the Portuguese U21s national team. After that, he completed his Portugal U21s national team debut in March this year.
In the summer of this season, after his contract with Fulham ran out, Carvalho transferred to Liverpool as a free agent and soon became one of the main players of the Reds.
As one of the wonderkids with dual nationalities, the England national team is currently facing the dilemma that most of the teams’ key world-class midfielders are aging and the younger generation that were going to replace them were few and far between. Therefore, Carvalho has naturally become the focus of the English Football Association as the future superstar that they wished to locked down for the Three Lions.
Since joining, Carvalho has played 17 times for the Premier League giants in all competitions, scoring 2 goals, and averaged a high rating of 7.13 points per game.
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