England enjoyed a wonderful start to the UEFA Euro 2020 tournament, defeating Croatia 1-0, courtesy of a goal from Raheem Sterling. However, this game was notable for Jude Bellingham since he became the Euros’ youngest player at the age of 17 years and 349 days. Bellingham came in the second half to replace skipper Harry Kane and this entered his name in the record books. The 17-year old also broke the record of Michael Owen to become the youngest player for England in a major tournament.
The record for youngest player to feature in European Championship was previously held by Jetro Williams,who, at the age of 18 years and 71 days played three matches for Holland at Euro 2012. With his appearance against Croatia, Bellingham has broken that record now.
However, he might not hold the record for a long time as Poland’s squad for Euro 2020 include Kacper Kozlowski who is 109 days younger than Bellingham. Poland are scheduled to play against Slovakia on Monday and an appearance for Kozlowski would mean that Bellingham would no longer be the youngest player to feature in Euros.
Other records which Jude Bellingham can break in Euro 2020
1) Youngest player to score in European Championship
Johan Vonlanthen is currently the youngest player to score a goal in European Championship at the age of 18 years and 141 days. Bellingham has a chance to break this record in Euro if he scores a goal for England.
2) Youngest player to feature in European Championship Final
Renato Sanches is the youngest player to play in the final of the European Championship at the age of 18 years and 328 days. If England makes it to the finals of Euro and gives a chance to Bellingham then the 17-year-old will mark his name in the record book.
3) Youngest player to score in a final of European Championship
Pietro Anastasi at 20 years and 63 days is the youngest player to score in a final of the European Championship. A goal for Bellingham in the finals of Euro 2020 provided that England reach there would make him the youngest.