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Liverpool's new defender Tiago Ilori says he would not close the door on any opportunity of playing for England despite his stated ambition to remain loyal to Portugal.

The London-born Ilori was part of Portugal's U20s squad at the World Cup in Turkey this summer and has represented his country at U19 and U18 level.

However, because of his birthplace and the fact that he has not yet participated at senior level, the £7 million man would still be eligible for the England national side. 

The 20-year-old admitted he is likely to stay loyal to Portugal but would certainly consider an approach by England - if the opportunity came up.

“I think I would like to stay loyal to Portugal as I’ve played in every age group for them,” he told the Liverpool Echo.

“But I would never close any doors and there is no decision to make yet.

"If I have the choice then it is not a bad choice to have.”

Ilori is the son of an English father and Portuguese mother, and moved to Portugal when he was eight years old.

“I lived in a few places around Kentish Town,” he said.

“I was eight when we moved to Portugal. My mum is Portuguese.

“I didn’t play in any football league when I was in London but just played with my friends.

“My English family are originally from Manchester and they all moved to London. My Dad was born in London as well.”

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