Rooney, Sterling & Sancho: Who's the youngest player to debut for England?

Wayne Rooney is still the second youngest player to debut for England

Borussia Dortmund starlet Jude Bellingham will likely make his England debut over the international break.

The 17-year-old midfielder was called up by Gareth Southgate on Tuesday as a replacement for Southampton's James Ward-Prowse.

Bellingham has been a hit out in Germany since arriving from Birmingham City in the summer, making 11 appearances in all competitions.

If the Dortmund man is handed his debut in one of England's fixtures against Ireland, Belgium or Iceland over the next two weeks, he will become the third youngest Three Lions debutant.

In fact, Bellingham will become only the fourth player in the history of English football to play a senior international game before turning 18.

Bellingham with Dortmund

Below, you'll find the 17 (in homage to Bellingham) youngest players to have debuted for England, including the opponent, the year and their exact age.

Stats from Transfermarkt.

Bellingham with England's U21 side

17. Bukayo Saka vs Wales, 2020

Age: 19 years, 01 month, 03 days

A player with a huge England future. Has an outside chance of making Southgate's Euro 2020 squad.

16. Albert Geldard vs Mexico, 1933

Age: 19 years, 01 month, 02 days

Bradford-born midfielder who made just four appearances for England in the 1930s.

15. Tommy Lawton vs Wales, 1938

Age: 19 years, 16 days

Prolific striker who scored 22 goals in his 23 games for the Three Lions.

14. Rio Ferdinand vs Cameroon, 1997

Age: 19 years, 08 days

One of England's greatest ever defenders. The now 42-year-old earned 81 senior caps.

Ferdinand vs Cameroon

13. Mason Greenwood vs Iceland, 2020

Age: 18 years, 11 months, 05 days

The sky is the limit for the Manchester United striker, but he needs to up his game in training if he's to become an England regular.

12. Luke Shaw vs Ecuador, 2014

Age: 18 years, 10 months, 23 days

The left-back burst onto the scene as a teenager. However, he rarely makes Southgate's England squad these days.

11. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain vs Norway, 2012

Age: 18 years, 09 months, 11 days

The Liverpool man has 35 England caps, but injuries are beginning to take their toll.

10. Jack Wilshere vs Hungary, 2010

Age: 18 years, 07 months, 10 days

Despite persistent injury issues, the 28-year-old still played 34 times for England. We doubt he'll be adding to that, though...

Wilshere in action vs Hungary

9. Marcus Rashford vs Australia, 2016

Age: 18 years, 06 months, 26 days

One of Southgate's key men up top. Rashford has scored 11 goals in his 39 games for the Three Lions.

8. Jadon Sancho vs Croatia, 2018

Age: 18 years, 06 months, 17 days

We're yet to see the best of Sancho in an England shirt. The Dortmund star has scored just two goals in his 14 international games.

7. Duncan Edwards vs Scotland, 1955

Age: 18 years, 06 months, 02 days

Edwards was tragically one of eight United players killed in the 1955 Munich air disaster. He made 18 appearances for England, scoring five goals.

6. Micah Richards vs Holland, 2006

Age: 18 years, 04 months, 22 days

Injury issues meant Richards only played 13 games for England during his career.

Richards vs Holland

5. Callum Hudson-Odoi vs Czech Republic, 2019

Age: 18 years, 04 months, 15 days

Still not a regular at Chelsea, but a hugely talented player and a potential England star in the making.

4. Michael Owen vs Chile, 1998

Age: 18 years, 01 month, 28 days

An English superstar in his pomp. Owen scored 40 goals in just 89 games on international duty.

3. Raheem Sterling vs Sweden, 2012

Age: 17 years, 11 months, 06 days

Probably England's second most important player right now, behind Harry Kane. Sterling's 58 games for the Three Lions have yielded 13 goals.

2. Wayne Rooney vs Australia, 2003

Age: 17 years, 03 months, 19 days

England's record scorer with 53 goals. A bonafide legend.

Rooney in action vs Australia

1. Theo Walcott vs Hungary, 2006

Age: 17 years, 02 months, 14 days

Walcott's England career is effectively over, but his record as the Three Lions' youngest ever player doesn't looked like being surpassed for a long, long time.

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