Liverpool starlet Woodburn was always going to play for Wales - Coleman

Erica Murray
September 4, 2017

Wales teenager Ben Woodburn enjoyed a stunning worldwide debut, scoring a spectacular long-range victor in the 1-0 Group D World Cup qualifying victory over Austria five minutes after coming off the bench in Cardiff.

The 17-year-old Liverpool striker drilled home the victor just four minutes after coming on as a second-half substitute to keep Wales unbeaten in qualifying and four points adrift of Group D leaders Serbia.

With three games left, Wales are third in Group D, four points behind leaders Serbia and two behind the Republic of Ireland, who were held to a 1-1 draw in Georgia.

Another added: "Ben Woodburn reminded me so much of Coutinho, even the way he struck the ball for his goal, very similar players". "This is not a player we have just discovered, we have had him for some years in our system", said Coleman.

"His all-round composure was fantastic, I'm delighted for him".

Coleman is now pondering whether or not Woodburn should start against Moldova in Chisinau on Tuesday.

'The manager said to me before I went on to enjoy myself and help the team as best as I could, and hopefully I did that.

"I was really pleased, more than anything of course, is the result". I think that the Wales team is able to drag the match in their native walls. "I definitely won't sleep tonight, that's one thing".

"We have to go to Moldova and perform again and bring back the goods".

Having been invited down to Dragon Park by the FAW while still 13, he played for a combined Regional Development Boys XI - which combines the north and south Wales squads - and has remained playing for the country ever since.

After being outplayed in the first half, the 2016 Euro semi-finalists were much improved in the second-half.

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