John Flanagan Promoted to U-21 Squad for Upcoming Euro 2013 Qualifiers

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October 4, 2011

Young Liverpool right back John Flanagan has been moved from England's U-19 squad to the U-21 roster for upcoming matches against Iceland and Norway.

Flanagan, 18, was originally selected for Noel Blake's U-19s, however he was promoted to the U-21s as a replacement for Joe Bennett after the Middlesborough full back dropped out because of illness.

Flanagan will join fellow Reds Jordan Henderson, Martin Kelly and Jonjo Shelvey (currently on loan at Blackpool) in Stuart Pierce's U-21 side, as they attempt to qualify for the U-21 Euro tournament hosted by Israel in 2013.

Last season's Young Player of the Year, Flanagan made headlines when he made his first-team debut in Liverpool's 3-0 victory over Manchester City on April 11, going the full 90 minutes at right back. Flanagan started the opening match of the current campaign against Sunderland, but has since only been featured amongst the first teamers in Carling Cup duty.

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