Camavinga becomes France’s youngest player since 1914 with Croatia cameo


The teenager entered the second half against Croatia in the Nations League on Tuesday, making history.

Rennes starlet Eduardo Camavinga became France’s youngest senior international since 1914.Camavinga arrived in the 63rd minute of France’s 4-2 Nations League victory over Croatia on Tuesday, replacing N’Golo Kante to make his international debut at the age of 17 and 303 days old.

The teenager became France’s third youngest debutant when he entered the pitch at Stade de France, making him the youngest player to play for France since Maurice Gastiger, who made his debut in 1914 at the age of 17 years and 128 days.

“First of all, I feel joy and pride for my family and for all French people,” he said. TF1 After the game. “I have no idea where this confidence comes from, I have often played with older players, and it surely allowed me to have a greater maturity to play with them.

“It was pretty crazy this first week at Clairefontaine, I had already come with the Bleuets (French youth teams). I was very well received and it went well.

“Yes, my goal is to come back, of course, and first of all to focus on good performances with my club because we have a game on Sunday and then with the national team if I am recalled. ”

Although Real Madrid have been credited with an interest in Camavinga, the teenager insisted he will stay with Rennes for the 2020-21 season.

Camavinga said he was inspired by Paul Pogba and has been compared to his compatriot, who helped lead France to the World Cup title in 2018.

Pogba scored in the final against Croatia, which ironically ended with the same 4-2 score as Tuesday’s game, as did Antoine Griezmann.

Griezmann scored again on Tuesday, leveling the game in the 43rd minute after Dejan Lovren opened the scoring for the visitors.

The Barcelona man’s goal was his 31st for France, leading him to tie with Zinedine Zidane for fifth place in his country’s all-time international ranking.

Only David Trezeguet (34 goals), Olivier Giroud (40), Michel Platini (41) and Thierry Henry (51) have scored more times for France than Griezmann.

Griezmann would also score an assist on the night, as his corner kick found Dayot Upamecano’s header in the 65th minute to give France a 3-2 lead.

It was Griezmann’s 21st assist for France, with only Henry (25) having recorded more assists for France in the 21st century.

Olivier Giroud topped the scoring on the evening with a penalty, making it four successful penalties in four attempts with France, and pulling him down to a Platini goal on France’s all-time scorers list.


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