United's youngest England debutants

Monday 07 September 2020 10:11

Mason Greenwood became just the seventh Manchester United player to make his England debut as a teenager, while with the Reds, on Saturday.

The talented forward was introduced from the bench by Gareth Southgate after 78 minutes of the Three Lions’ UEFA Nations League clash with Iceland in Reykjavik.

England ran out 1-0 winners thanks to Raheem Sterling’s injury-time penalty and Greenwood has now followed in the footsteps of Duncan Edwards, Marcus Rashford, Phil Neville, Wes Brown, Phil Jones and Lee Sharpe.

Greenwood reacts to England debut


Mason tweets his thoughts after becoming the latest United Academy graduate to represent his country.

Edwards held the record as his country's youngest international in a competitive match after making his bow against Scotland in 1955. Theo Walcott is currently England's youngest-ever player, with the-then Arsenal winger appearing aged 17 years and 75 days against Hungary in May 2006.

After his cameo at Laugardalsvöllur, Mason has now moved into third on our list of youngest England debutants behind Edwards and colleague Rashford, who scored on his first appearance against Australia at Sunderland's Stadium of Light in 2016.

Wayne Rooney and Luke Shaw both represented the Three Lions as teenagers after joining United, but they had already played international football while with Everton and Southampton respectively.

Michael Carrick, Rio Ferdinand, Michael Owen and Ray Wilkins appeared for their country while in their teens before later coming to Old Trafford.

Marcus Rashford scored on his senior international bow against Australia.


18 yrs 183 days - Duncan Edwards (1955 v Scotland)
18 yrs 209 days - Marcus Rashford (2018 v Australia)
18 yrs 339 days - Mason Greenwood (2020 v Iceland)
19 yrs 123 days - Phil Neville (1996 v China)
19 yrs 198 days - Wes Brown (1997 v Hungary)
19 yrs 229 days - Phil Jones (2011 v Montenegro)
19 yrs 305 days - Lee Sharpe (1991 v Republic of Ireland)

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