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Tiago Ilori wouldn't rule out playing for England

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New Liverpool defender Tiago Ilori has refused to rule out playing for England if he doesn't receive a call up for Portugal.

The 20-year-old is eligible to represent the Three Lions as he was born in London and he is yet to receive a senior call up to the Portuguese national side.

Ilori, who arrived at Anfield in a deadline day deal worth £7 million, told the Liverpool Echo: "I think I would like to stay loyal to Portugal as I've played in every age group for them.

"But I would never close any doors and there is no decision to make yet. If I have the choice then it's not a bad choice to have."

The defender is capped at under-18, under-19 and under-20 level for Portugal, and his comments come at a time when England manager Roy Hodgson is struggling for players following injuries to several of his key squad members.

His move to Merseyside alerted both Hodgson and the under-21's boss, Gareth Southgate, of his potential to play for the national side, and the Football Association are said to be keen to meet with Ilori to discuss his future international plans.

However, it seems from his comments that he would find it hard to turn his back on the country that he has represented at youth level, despite his rich connections with England.

He added: "I was eight when I moved to Portugal. My mum is Portuguese.

"I have lived in a few places around Kentish Town and my dad was born in London as well.

Liverpool fans are yet to see Ilori in action as he was injured for the majority of the Reds' pre-season with a broken hand.

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