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Livermore rewrites Albion history with England start

23 March 2017

Baggies midfielder first outfield England player for 33 years

JAKE Livermore rewrote Albion history books on Wednesday night as he started England's international friendly against Germany.

The midfielder impressed in the middle of the park as he played 83 minutes in the narrow 1-0 defeat at the Westfalenstadion in Dortmund.

Livermore becomes the first Baggies outfield player to represent the Three Lions for 33 years - since Steve Hunt featured against the former Soviet Union in June 1984.

He also becomes the club's first outfield player to start a match for England since Derek Statham against Wales in 1983.

Gareth Southgate's side more than proved a match for the world champions but were undone by Lukas Podolski's stunning second-half strike, in what was the German's final farewell to international football.

Livermore, 27, who joined Albion from Hull City in January, is Albion’s 46th England international. He earned his only previous Three Lions cap to date while playing for Tottenham Hotspur in a 2-1 win over Italy in 2012.

Goalkeepers Ben Foster (3) and Scott Carson (1) are the only Albion players to have represented England since Hunt in 1984. 

Livermore will now prepare for England's World Cup qualifier against Lithuania at Wembley on Sunday.

Elsewhere, Darren Fletcher captained Scotland as they were held to a 1-1 friendly draw against Canada at Easter Road.

Sam Field scored his first international goal as England's Under-19 side made a winning start to their Euro Elite Round qualifiers with a 3-0 triumph over Norway.

The Baggies teenage midfielder started the encounter and netted the third in the 55th minute during the win at St. George's Park.

Jonathan Leko played 77 minutes as England's Under-18 side secured a 2-0 victory over Saudi Arabia in Qatar.

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