Woodburn, 17, revives Wales WC bid

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Wales also cut the gap to second-placed Republic of Ireland, held 1-1 in Georgia, to two points with three matches to play as they attempt to reach the World Cup finals for the first time since 1958.

Woodburn emerged from the bench as Wales chased victory against Austria in a World Cup qualifier.

Wales have provided some of the greats of British football down the years, with Mark Hughes, Ryan Giggs and Gareth Bale all doing sterling service for their country.

"I am not saying he is going to be Bale - there is a long way to go - but England have got to be gutted at missing out on him".

The 17-year-old Nottingham-born starlet had been courted by England at youth level before committing to Wales, the birthplace of his maternal grandfather.

Upon making his senior team debut for the Reds last November against Sunderland, the Liverpool Academy graduate became the club's third youngest player in history to do so.

As for putting him on the pitch, Coleman said: "I'm not in a position to make frivolous decisions".

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"But I didn't put him on because I thought he can't go anywhere now".

Coleman says the impact the youngster had in Cardiff shows just how special a talent he is but has warned him that he will need to knuckle down if he is to realise his hue potential.

First and foremost he's a young player and if I didn't think he was going to get through that I wouldn't put him in because it's not fair on the lad.

Former Liverpool and Wales striker Ian Rush has said he never had any doubts that Anfield prodigy Ben Woodburn would resist the lure of playing for England.

Woodburn is not Wales's youngest debutant, not almost in fact - that record is held by his fellow Liverpool academy graduate Harry Wilson, now 20.

Already Liverpool's youngest scorer, Woodburn - who turns 18 next month - has joined a national set-up littered with players who were given their chance early by Wales.

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

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