Harry Wilson: Wales cap surprises Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers

Harry Wilson (left) and Craig Bellamy

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has said Wales's youngest player Harry Wilson is not ready for the Premier League.

The Liverpool academy player, 16, made his full international debut as an 87th-minute substitute in Tuesday's 1-1 World Cup qualifier draw with Belgiumexternal-link - beating Gareth Bale's record.

Rodgers said Wilson is a "very talented young player", but added: "He's not near [playing in] the Premier League.

"I was surprised. Obviously Wales had a lot of injuries."

Rodgers said he was informed of Wilson's inclusion in the squad by Liverpool and Wales goal-scoring legend Ian Rush.

Wales manager Chris Coleman had turned to the youngster after injuries disrupted preparations for the final World Cup qualifiers.

Wrexham-born Wilson was an unused substitute for last Friday's 1-0 win over Macedonia at Cardiff City Stadium before making his debut in Brussels.

"To have him here at the club is brilliant," Rodgers added. "He knows he will have a great opportunity here if he continues to develop at Liverpool.

"It's important that we just stay calm and let him develop at his own rate."

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