Spanish wonderkid Lamine Yamal becomes the YOUNGEST player in history to feature at the European Championships…. as he’s picked to start against Croatia in Germany

Spain winger Lamine Yamal has become the youngest ever player to feature at the European Championships. 

Yamal broke onto the scene with Barcelona last season, making his debut at the age of 15.

The winger has quickly developed into a key player for the Catalan giants and earned a first call-up to the national team in September 2023, before he scored on his debut against Georgia. This meant the attacker became the youngest player to ever feature and score for La Roja.

And at 16 years and 338, Yamal has broken yet another record as he’s become the youngest player to feature in the Euros having been named in Spain’s XI against Croatia. 

The record was previously held by Poland and Brighton midfielder Kacper Kozłowski, who featured against spain at Euro 2020 aged 17 years 246 days. 

England star Jude Bellingham sits third after playing against Croatia in the same year at the age of 17 years and 349 days. 

Holland’s Jetro Williams, Belgium’s Enzo Scifo and Germany’s Jamal Musiala complete the list. 

Meanwhile, Yamal recently revealed he has brought his homework with him to Euro 2024. 

‘I brought my homework here because I’m in the 4th year of ESO,’ he said.

‘I have online classes too and those are going fine. I hope the teacher doesn’t get mad at me.’

The ESO refers to the third stage of the Spanish education system, with this compulsory for students between the ages of 12 and 16.

On the pitch, Yamal comes into the tournament off the back of a productive club season for Barcelona where he racked up five goals and eight assists, while he was regularly relied on by former boss Xavi.

The 16-year-old is one of a number of talented youngsters within La Roja’s squad for Euro 2024 and will become the youngest ever player to play at a Euros if he features.

21-year-old Athletic Bilbao star Nico Williams joins him, and Yamal’s Barcelona team-mate Pau Cubarsi, 17, was named in De La Fuente’s provisional 29-man squad for the tournament, before he was cut.