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Woodburn has tools to become a top player for Wales, says King

Moldova v Wales, World Cup Group D qualifier: Stadionul Zimbru, Chisinau, Tonight, 7.45pm

Andy King expects Ben Woodburn to have a big future with Wales after his dramatic introduction to international football.

Liverpool teenager Woodburn fired Wales' World Cup hopes on Saturday night by scoring a sensational 74th-minute goal against Austria in Cardiff.

Woodburn scored just 261 seconds after coming on to win his first cap and boost Wales ahead of tonight's qualifier in Moldova.

The teenager became Liverpool's youngest goalscorer at the age of 17 years and 45 days when he scored against Leeds in the EFL Cup last season.

Now Woodburn - who turns 18 on October 15 - is Wales' second youngest goalscorer behind Gareth Bale.

"You are not Liverpool's youngest scorer just on the off chance," Leicester midfielder King said of Woodburn.

"He obviously shows that every day in training with Liverpool and he shows that every day with us too. I am sure he will go on to do big things for us."

Unbeaten Wales still have ground to make up in Group D with three games left to play.

But their 1-0 win against Austria moved them to within two points of the Republic of Ireland in second place.

Group leaders Serbia are four points better off ahead of their game with the Republic in Dublin tonight.

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