Fulham starlet Luke Harris could make shock Wales call-up for World Cup squad aged just 17 despite having NO caps


LUKE HARRIS could make a shock late run to the World Cup finals with Wales.

Fulham’s uncapped 17-year-old attacker has been called up in the Dragons’ 28-man squad for next week’s Nations League ties against Belgium and Poland.

Fulham ace Luke Harris has been called up by Wales for the Nations League

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Fulham ace Luke Harris has been called up by Wales for the Nations LeagueCredit: Getty
Fulham starlet Luke Harris is in line for a shock World Cup call-up

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Fulham starlet Luke Harris is in line for a shock World Cup call-upCredit: Getty

Despite the shock inclusion, Wales boss Robert Page has refused to rule Harris out of contention for the final 26-man squad he will take to Qatar in November.

Page said: “I never say never – absolutely. I have pretty much got the squad in mind, of course. But the door is never closed.

“If someone is doing really well and I think it’s going to benefit us, then he will be considered.”

Harris’ shock call-up will evoke memories of Theo Walcott, who was a bolter for England’s 2006 World Cup squad under Sven Goran Eriksson.

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Page also sprang a surprise last summer when he named rookie Rubin Colwill in his Euro 2020 squad after just six first-team games for Cardiff.

Highly-rated Harris played for Fulham in their EFL Cup 2-0 defeat to Crawley and has been on the bench for Premier League matches under Marco Silva.

Page added: “He has been in the system now for a few years. He’s a talent and an exciting prospect. He’s at a club who have recognised that potential in their pre-season and have fast-tracked him through.

“He’s got some ability, he’s doing really well at his club and he scores goals. I like that he’s an attack-minded player, but he also has an eye for goal.

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“When you have someone scoring goals – including regular hat-tricks – then it makes him an exciting prospect and one I can’t wait to get involved with the other boys.

“When you have someone with that talent – albeit that he’s just turned 17 years old – then I am not bothered about his age.

“I have shown that in the past with Rabbi [Matondo], Joe Rodon and DJ [Dan James] and others I have worked with at U21 level and the younger age groups. If I think they are good enough, they will come in and be part of the environment.

“For these two games, I think it’s a great opportunity for him to come in and get a taste of it, to experience it, and for us to have a look at him. I’ve spoken to the coaches who have worked with him and he’s absolutely ready for it.”

Fulham team-mate Harry Wilson misses out after only returning to light training this week following a knee injury while Nice midfielder Aaron Ramsey is also out with a hamstring injury.





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