Eighteen-year-old Liverpool player Jesus Joaquin Fernandez Seaz De La Torre, who is also known by the name Suso in short, has been named in the group of 22 called up to represent Spain at the Under-19 level at the European Championships. The tournament will start on July 3, 2012 running till July 15, and will be contested among eight teams who will be divided into two groups.
Like Raheem Sterling, Suso has been touted as one of the gems that has the potential to come out from the present crop of Liverpool academy graduates and go straight into the first team of Liverpool in the near future. This tournament will definitely give good exposure to players like Suso to make a claim for more responsibility with their clubs and senior national teams.
The LiverpoolFC site reports:
Suso could battle against Liverpool teammate Joao Carlos Teixeira, with Spain facing Portugal on July 6. Greece and Estonia are also in the group.
As reported on Liverpoolfc.com earlier this week, Conor Coady and Jack Robinson will also be involved in the tournament. England's group contains Croatia, Serbia and France.
The top two teams from each group will progress to the semi-finals and there are also spots in the 2013 U20 World Cup up for grabs for the nations who finish third in their group.
It will be interesting to see what happens to Suso next season now that Liverpool has Brendan Rodgers as its manager. Rodgers is known to work with the youth and is more prone to give chances to people at the stage Suso finds himself is at present.
Many fans opined that Suso should have been given a few minutes under Kenny Dalglish. Suso has got a stage to confirm their beliefs this summer. Let us hope he delivers.