Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi made his England debut in the 5-0 win over Czech Republic at Wembley, becoming the youngest player to make his Three Lions debut in a competitive match at 18 years and 135 days.
The record was previously held by Manchester United forward Duncan Edwards, who was 48 days older than Hudson-Odoi when he made his Three Lions debut in a British Home Championship tie against Scotland in April 1955.
Hudson-Odoi replaced Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling with 20 minutes to go.
Reacting to his England debut, Hudson-Odoi told Sky Sports: “I couldn’t believe it (when I was told to get ready).
“I didn’t think it was real!
“I was looking around the crowd and everybody looked happy.
“I didn’t know what to do. I want to thank everybody for helping me get here.”
Hudson-Odoi impressed in his England debut and even forced a save off Czech goalkeeper Jiri Pavlenka, only for Tomas Kalas, Chelsea defender on loan at Bristol City, to turn the ball past his keeper for an own goal.
“To get the opportunity to play today is a massive feeling in front of the home crowd as well,” Hudson-Odoi added.
“Hopefully there’s many more to come.”
Hudson-Odoi’s introduction also meant England ended the game with two 18-year-olds on the pitch with Jadon Sancho playing the full 90 minutes. It’s the first time England have had two players aged 18 or younger in an international match in 138 years, going back to a meeting with Wales on February 26th, 1881.
Meanwhile, Liverpool are reportedly interested in signing Hudson-Odoi at the end of the season. According to Bild, Liverpool will battle Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund for the signature of the 18-year-old.