Martin Odegaard made his international debut at just 15-years-old…
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England could come face-to-face with 15-year-old attacking midfielder Martin Odegaard when they host Norway on Wednesday.
Manchester United, Barcelona and Juventus are among a host of top European clubs tracking the player – according to reports in the Daily Mail – and could get the ideal opportunity to see the player close up at Wembley.
Odegaard only made his debut for club side Strømsgodset IF earlier this year, but is performances earned him an international call earlier this month. He won his first cap against UAE this evening, making him the youngest ever full international in the country’s history – breaking a 104-year-old record.
At the age of 15 years and 253 days, he played the full 90 minutes against the Middle East side. The game finished 0-0. Tormod Kjellsen was Norway’s previous youngest debutant. He was aged 15 years and 351 days when he played against Sweden in 1910.
Odegaard told broadcaster MAX: “It’s incredibly huge to realise the dream that I’ve had since I was very, very small, I didn’t think I’d start at all, so to play 90 minutes is good.”
Norway coach Per-Mathias Hogmo was pleased with the teenager, who has thrilled Norwegian soccer fans since bursting onto the domestic scene: “I think he came out of it well, and he was very close to deciding the game. He showed the kind of qualities he has.”
Odegaard, who is a Liverpool supporter, has already represented Norway’s Under 17 side, including appearances against the United States, France and Scotland.