Liverpool’s Jarell Quansah makes England provisional squad

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Liverpool defender Jarell Quansah has been selected as part of England’s Euro 2024 provisional squad ahead of the tournament in Germany.

Despite the Premier League season only being wrapped up on Sunday evening, there is no rest for many players over the summer, as the 2024 European Championships will take place in Germany in three weeks’ time.

Most Liverpool players are no strangers to international football with Virgil van Dijk, Mohamed Salah, Dominik Szoboszlai, Wataru Endo and Andy Robertson all captaining their national sides.

In terms of England internationals, the Reds have always had players in and around the squads at international tournaments with Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jordan Henderson and Steven Gerrard the most consistently selected players over the last decade.

Now, it looks like Gareth Southgate has taken a real shine to some of the up-and-coming stars at Anfield alongside a no-brainer selection of Alexander-Arnold.

This afternoon, it has been confirmed that Jarell Quansah will join the Liverpool vice-captain in England’s 33-man provisional squad, joining midfielder Curtis Jones and fellow defender Joe Gomez.

Our thoughts on Quansah’s England call up…

There is no doubt that the call up to the England squad would have come as a shock to the young centre-back who last season was playing in League One for Bristol Rovers.

The Liverpool academy breakthrough has been an instant hit on the red side of Merseyside since taking up a role in the first team squad and featuring on several occasions in the centre-back partnership over Jurgen Klopp’s last season.

Over 17 Premier League appearances, Quansah has an 89% pass completion rate, a 57% dribble success rate and two goals, as well as averaging 76.5 touches, 4.2 ball recoveries, 2.3 clearances and 4.5 duels won per game, as per SofaScore.

Not only that, the 21-year-old titan ranks in the top 20% of his positional peers across the top five European leagues for tackles, aerial duels won, successful take-ons, progressive passes and pass completion per 90, as per FBref.

The defender – who has been likened to a Virgil van Dijk re-gen – has been the recipient of high praise over the last few months with former England star and all-time Premier League top goal-scorer Alan Shearer waxing lyrical about Quansah on Match of the Day last month:

“Without a doubt, he’s got huge potential. To be thrown into the pressure cooker at Liverpool and the way it’s going at the minute, he’s obviously got a lot about him.”

With that being said, it is definitely a well deserved call up for Quansah and it would be amazing to see the youthful centre-back get the nod to board the plane to Germany in the coming weeks ahead.

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