Jude Bellingham became the youngest player to appear in a European Championship match as the 17-year-old England midfielder came off the bench against Croatia.
The Borussia Dortmund player replaced captain Harry Kane in the 82nd minute and earned a fifth senior cap.
He made history in the Euros with his appearance at the age of 17 years and 349 days, Opta said. Bellingham also became England’s youngest player in any major tournament.
Previously, the youngest player from any nation to appear in a European Championship finals tournament was Jetro Willems, who featured for the Netherlands against Denmark at Euro 2012 at the age of 18 years and 71 days.
England were leading Croatia on Sunday by the time Bellingham made his appearance, thanks to Raheem Sterling’s 57th-minute strike.
Gareth Southgate’s team went on to tie up a 1-0 victory in their Euro 2020 Group D opener, meaning England won their opening match at a European Championship for the first time, having previously had five draws and four defeats.
17 – Aged 17 years and 349 days, Jude Bellingham is now the youngest ever player to appear in the European Championship finals for any nation, and youngest English player to play in any major tournament (World Cup & Euros). Stage. #ENG #CRO #EURO2020 pic.twitter.com/m5IetpFISr
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 13, 2021
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