Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

The ridiculous reason England rejected Welsh teenager that bossed Ireland

The ridiculous reason England rejected Welsh teenager that bossed Ireland

Ampadu looks certain to be part of the Wales set-up for years to come - and England will surely rue their missed opportunity.

England turned down Welsh worldwide Ethan Ampadu for "taking too few touches" according to former Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale.

However Tisdale believes Ampadu is destined for success, saying: "He's so determined as a chap, he chose Chelsea and it was no surprise that before he turned 17 he had made his first appearance there". He's such a good player'.

"I haven't seen a 14-year-old as good as Ethan Ampadu".

"I spoke to very relevant people and said, 'you've got to get a hold of this chap".

'[He's] a player's player.

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Ampadu featured seven times in all competitions for Chelsea last season, predominantly in a central defensive role, but for Wales he has been used a deep-lying playmaker in midfield to great effect. He's 14-years young. He's just played on a terrible pitch with very bad conditions and he's played centre-forward, sweeper, central midfield all in the space of one game. I mean I actually phoned England to make it known. This chap, you need to get for England'.

"I haven't seen a 14-year-old as good as Ethan, but I was told he takes too few touches.They were looking for players who want to take more touches, but that is his strength, he does things in one touch or two touches and sees things early".

Writing in his column for Chelsea FC's website, Ampadu said: "Ethan is only 17, he can play in those two vital positions [central defence and midfield] comfortably already at a very high level, while his attitude and demeanour suggest it maybe isn't a question of if he will be a regular starter for the Blues, but rather when he will be". Gareth Southgate might be a little annoyed to find out that the defender could have been pulling on an England shirt instead.

After England's 2-1 defeat to Spain on Saturday, Southgate said that England would never be a top team if they reverted back to long-ball tactics and said they would "suffer" as they move to a more possession-based style.

There are plenty of stories of players who were eligible for England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland or Republic of Ireland and ended up playing for one of the others.

Ireland and England definitely missed out on this occasion!

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