Liverpool new-boy Tiago Ilori won’t rule out playing for England

Tiago Ilori refuses to rule out the possibility of playing for England one day, despite representing Portugal at youth level

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Tiago Llori signed for Liverpool from Sporting Lisbon this summer Photo: C Kõrtsmik /Wikimedia

Tiago Ilori has refused to rule out the possibility of playing for England one day, despite representing Portugal at youth level.

The Liverpool defender, who joined the Reds from Sporting Lisbon in a £7m deal earlier this summer, has played for Portugal at under-18, under-19 and under-20 level.

However, the 20-year-old, who was born in London, has hinted that he would consider switching allegiances to play for the Three Lions.

“I think I would like to stay loyal to Portugal as I’ve played in every age group for them,” Ilori 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.

“I lived in a few places around Kentish Town. 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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