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Bellingham becomes youngest English Champions League player

The 17-year-old has just won the Bundesliga Rookie of the Month award and is set to make his European debut at his new club

Bellingham becomes youngest English Champions League player
Jude Bellingham

(The African Stand) — Jude Bellingham became the youngest English player in Champions League history as he was named in Borussia Dortmund’s side to face Lazio.

At 17 years and 113 days, the England Under-21 international beat the record held by Phil Foden, who plays for Manchester City.

Midfielder Bellingham joined Dortmund from Birmingham this summer.

He had already made himself his new club’s youngest ever goalscorer with his debut goal against Duisburg.

The youngest Champions League player of any nationality is Nigerian Celestine Babayaro, who was 16 years and 86 days when he appeared for Anderlecht against Steaua Bucharest in 1994.

It was a game to forget for the full-back, though, as he was sent off after 37 minutes.

Last season, Barcelona’s Ansu Fati became the youngest Champions League scorer when he hit the winner at Inter Milan at 17 years and 40 days old.

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