Portugal are trying to entice Fabio Carvalho to change England’s allegiances as the Fulham star’s homeland could offer the teenager a chance to be quickly included in the country’s Under-21 lineup
- Fabio Carvalho has represented England from Under-16 to Under-18 level
- The attacking midfielder left Portugal in 2014 to join Fulham’s academy
- He scored his first senior goal for the Cottagers against Southampton in May
- The 19-year-old shone in the championship this season under Marco Silva
The FA faces a battle to keep highly regarded Fulham forward Fabio Carvalho as Portugal hatches a plan to secure the teenager’s international future.
The 19-year-old is widely recognized as one of the brightest young talents in English football and is being groomed as a future senior international.
But Sports post understands that the Portuguese Football Federation has been closely monitoring Carvalho’s progress since last season in order to possibly convince him to change allegiances.
England face battle to keep Fabio Carvalho amid Portugal interest
The 19-year-old was born in Lisbon but moved to England in 2014 to join Fulham’s academy
The teenager scored his first professional goal in the Premier League against Southampton
Portugal could accelerate the Fulham academy graduate to their under-21 line-up in a bid to secure his long-term future.
Born in Portugal and started his career in Benfica, Carvalho has so far represented England under 18s.
The scenario poses a threat to the FA, who are understandably keen to tie up Carvalho given his unquestionable prowess.
But the temptation to play for his homeland could be an attractive proposition for Carvalho.
The teenager came on the scene last season, scoring on his full Premier League debut in Fulham’s defeat to Southampton.
He played a total of four top-flight games for the Cottagers last season and has continued his rapid progress this season, starting in five of Fulham’s six Championship appearances to date, scoring three times.
Since then he has become one of the brightest young talents in the championship this season
The FA has lost Wilfried Zaha, Alex Iwobi and Victor Moses in recent seasons
The FA has placed great emphasis on trying to keep their most talented youngsters, who have dual citizenship, within their system.
Last season they lost Valencia striker Yunus Musah to the US, despite the former Arsenal striker playing extensively for English juniors.
Wilfried Zaha, Alex Iwobi and Victor Moses are among the players England has lost in recent seasons as the FA braces itself for a battle to prevent Chelsea striker Calum Hudson-Odoi, who has played for the senior team, from transferring to playing for Ghana.