Portugal Under-21 manager Rui Jorge revealed the “hurtful” message he received from Liverpool star Fabio Carvalho.
Last week Carvalho mysteriously made himself unavailable for Portugal’s Under-21 double-header against the Czech Republic and Japan.
However, Jorge has now shed some light on Carvalho’s withdrawal.
Jorge claimed that Carvalho made himself unavailable for international duty by sending a text message.
According to a fresh report from Cabine Desportiva, the Portugal boss was left “hurt” after learning the news.
Jorge told the Mirror: “Being in the Under-21s no longer brings any benefit.
“We are from different generations, I know, but I thought he would call and that we could talk.
“I make a point of telling all the players that only I want in this space anyone who really wants to be here.”
Carvalho for England?
The Liverpool midfielder was called up for Portugal's Under-21 European Championship qualifiers earlier this year having previously represented England at various age groups.
Carvalho was born in Lisbon and was part of the Benfica youth set-up before moving to London as an 11-year-old in 2013.
The starlet subsequently captained the Three Lions at under-17 level.
However, England were unable to select him for under-21 duty as the youngster did not possess an English passport.
Carvalho's decision to turn his back on Portugal has sparked hope that the former Fulham star could perform a U-turn and represent England again in the future.
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