Liverpool youngster rejects Wales for England dream

Liverpool's 18 year old defender Lloyd Jones has rejected a Wales U21 call-up to focus on a potential England career.

The reds paid Plymouth Argyle £20,000 to bring him to Anfield in 2012.

The youngster has only appeared once on the Liverpool bench in a Premier League away game at Fulham towards the end of last season.  The player was born in Plymouth although his Welsh-born father ensured he was able to represent Wales at both Under 17 and Under 19 level.

In April the player was quoted as saying:

"I've made my mind up. I'm not going to play for Wales any more. We'll see what happens, but I'm not going to play for Wales any more."

Despite this, Wales Under-21 manager Geraint Williams made an attempt to promote the player to the U21 side ahead of this weeks Euro 2013 qualifying match.

But this request fell on deaf ears and Williams announced:

"Lloyd has made it clear he wants to be picked for England.

"He's not made himself available for Welsh selection.

"He's decided, whether he's talked with agents or somebody else, that his career's moving on at Liverpool and he feels he's got a chance of representing England.

"To be fair to Lloyd he was born in England and his dad is a very proud Welshman.

"I've spoken to his dad and I've spoken to Lloyd but he feels he wants to go down that route.

"We had the conversation about where his heart lay and could he fully commit to Wales. If he couldn't then I didn't want him here."

Liverpool are currently represented in the England U21 side by Jack Robinson, with Raheem Sterling earning a call up to the senior international side ahead of the crucial World Cup Qualifier tomorrow night.

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