UEFA Champions League draw is now done and dusted. Premier League teams have been drawn in tough groups apart from Manchester City. Last season finalists Liverpool will need to beat PSG and Napoli to reach the last 16. Tottenham Hotspurs will face Barcelona and Inter Milan in Group B. Manchester United will welcome Cristiano Ronaldo side Juventus and La Liga giant Valencia. The European campaign starts after the International break. Today, we focus on youngest English players to ever play in Champions League knockout stage.
5. Trent Alexander-Arnold- 19 years & 130 days
Liverpool young fullback Trent Alexander-Arnold made his UEFA Champions League debut last season against FC Porto. The English youngster became the fifth from his country to play in the knockout stages. He was 19 years and 130 days old when he took to the pitch. Nathaniel Clyne is fit once again but his place has been taken over by the young defender.
4. Wayne Rooney- 19 years & 122 days
Former Manchester United skipper Wayne Rooney has great memories when it comes to UEFA Champions League. DC United forward made his European debut with a hat-trick against Fenerbahçe when Sir Alex Ferguson signed him. The former England Captain also made his knockout stage debut aged 19 years and 122 days. He was in the team that lifted UEFA Champions League trophy in 2008.
3. Jack Wilshere- 19 years & 46 days
Jack Wilshere vs Barcelona in the UCL. (2011)
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West Ham playmaker Jack Wilshere is back to his best after several years of struggle with injuries. The 25-year-old now looks more mature and ready to reclaim his career at the London Stadium. The England midfielder played no part in Russia World Cup 2018 but he will want to get back in the team as soon as possible. In UEFA Champions League, the former Arsenal midfielder has a special record because he is the third youngest English player to play in knockout stages aged only 19 years and 46 days.