EPL: Liverpool youngster Fabio Carvalho rejects Portugal under-21s call up

Liverpool youngster Fabio Carvalho has decided to stop playing for Portugal at the under-21 level.

Carvalho, who has scored twice while making 11 Premier League appearances in his first season with the Reds, has previously represented England at younger age levels.

In between 2019 and 2020, the attacking midfielder played six times for England’s Under-18 team.

He had not yet represented his country of birth at the senior international level, so he could focus on a career with the Three Lions instead.

Prior to informing the Portuguese Football Federation [FPF] of the change, Carvalho, 20, was named to Rui Jorge’s Portugal Under-21 squad for upcoming friendlies against the Czech Republic and Japan.

A statement from the FPF read: “Fabio Carvalho informed the Portuguese Football Federation, through some SMS messages, that he does not intend to continue representing Portugal at the under-21 level.

“This decision by the player was communicated after the call-up for the preparation games with the Czech Republic and Japan was known.”

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