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Liverpool Starlet Ben Woodburn Provides Brilliant Assist in Wales Win

07 September 2017, 02:06 | Kristopher Drake

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England manager Gareth Southgate concedes there was little he could do to influence Ben Woodburn's global allegiance after the Cheshire-born teenager scored on a stunning Wales debut.

Wales now face October clashes with Georgia and then Ireland, with at least a play-off spot now very much in their own hands.

"This should not be a criticism, but usually when you call up a player, a 17-year-old player, I thought it would be possible to call me".

Southgate wished Woodburn well for the future and insisted that capping players for the objective of locking in their allegiance was not in the national team's interest.

Liverpool fans have been extremely impressed by the cameo performances of the attacker and some have even dubbed him the "next Gareth Bale".

That said, Moldova had come close to a rare victory in the two games preceding their match with Serbia.

The message from Chris Coleman to his players at half time would surely have been for them to remain patient, and try to move the ball slightly quicker, and ultimately it paid off.

"But he's a typical winger - likes to take on a player, likes to shoot, likes to cross".

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"I am happy to see someone new, but I don't know if the manager will pick him to play in the first XI against us. He's Welsh anyway so he's ours".

With it looking like it was going to be one of those night's for Wales, Coleman called upon youngster Ben Woodburn to be Wales' saviour for the second successive week and he was just that.

And he wanted to make sure he could one day fill his boots for the Dragons and not slip away back across the border.

Gareth Bale went for a then world record fee when he joined Real Madrid2018 World Cup qualifiers: Moldova v WalesVenue: Stadionul Zimbru, Chisinau Date: Tuesday, 5 September Kick-off: 19:45 BSTCoverage: Live commentary on BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cymru & BBC Sport website and BBC Sport app, plus live text commentary.

"I was just happy to get the three points and now we go to Moldova and hopefully carry on".

Boss Chris Coleman confirmed there has been no obvious change to young Woodburn around the squad since his heroics in Cardiff clinched a vital 1-0 Group D win. "We know they'll make it hard but, we'll go into the match confident and very well prepared".

Coleman said: "They were good results for us tonight, with Serbia beating Ireland".

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