Liverpool defender Tiago Ilori leaves the door open for England call-up
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New Liverpool signing Tiago Ilori has not ruled out representing England at international level, but says he intends to stay loyal to Portugal.
The 20-year-old, signed from Sporting Lisbon for £6.3m, was born in London but moved to Portugal at the age of eight.
Having progressed the the international youth ranks for them, he is happy to progress to the senior squad if the opportunity arises.
He 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 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.”