England manager on Fábio Carvalho: ‘We would like to have him…’

Gareth Southgate assumed, in front of the country’s press, that Fábio Carvalho (Fulham) was not (yet) summoned by the British federation for a bureaucratic question

The main novelty in Under-21 manager Rui Jorge’s recent call-up, Fábio Carvalho, a Fulham midfielder who attracted interest from Liverpool in January, was on the list of potential candidates for the secondary team. from England.

The revelation was made by England head coach Gareth Southgate, interviewed on Tuesday about the now Portuguese Under-21 international. “We love him and would like to have him in our Under-21s, but he doesn’t have an English passport. He played in our younger ranks without a passport. [inglês]“, said Southgate.

The fact that Fábio Carvalho could not be called up was due to the fact that he did not have an English passport. “I needed, to play for the under-21s [de Inglaterra], to pass the tests and obtain the passport. As such, we cannot select it for those under 21. We would have liked to be able to do that, but now he is part of the Portugal Under-21s and there was not much we could do,” added Southgate.

Fábio Carvalho, just 19 and a first call-up for Portugal Under-21, joined England in 2013 after three years with Benfica. In 2015, he joined Fulham and is currently representing the main team, under manager Marco Silva, for the second consecutive season.

In 2021/22, the midfielder, a regular bet for the Portuguese coach, was particularly popular – he earned the praise of Jurgen Klopp’s home crowd – registering eight goals and six assists in 29 games (26 starts).

The U21 national team will face Iceland (March 25) and Greece, in Tripoli (March 29), in qualifying matches for the 2023 European Championship.

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