Inside Jarell Quansah’s incredible rise from Liverpool breakthrough to the England squad

Liverpool defender Jarell Quansah will cap a remarkable season with a place in the England squad. Quansah only made his Reds debut in August but has enjoyed a meteoric rise at Anfield.

Gareth Southgate is reported to have named Quansah in his provisional squad for the European Championship and will now have the chance to stake a claim to be in the final squad for the tournament. England have well-known problems in defence, particularly at centre-half, with Harry Maguire missing much of the season through injury. John Stones, who is Southgate’s other first choice, has also been battling injuries.

It remains to be seen whether Quansah can do enough to make the final squad, but his inclusion is a recognition of a pretty incredible 12 months, with the defender playing in the third division a year ago.

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Here’s how he went from being a League One loanee to an England hopeful in a short time.

Preseason emergency

Quansah spent the second half of last season on loan at League One side Bristol Rovers and caught the eye with some excellent performances. Boss Joey Barton praised him and even suggested that he could one day play for England.

Quansah returned to Liverpool for pre-season and featured in all five of Liverpool’s friendlies. Klopp even revealed that his emergence ended plans to sign a new centre-back.