2. Samuel Etoo- 17 Years, 97 Days
Cameroon football legend Samuel Etoo made his World Cup debut in France in 1998 at a tender age of 17 years and 97 days. It was not a great start because his country lost the match 3-0 to Italy in a Group B match held on 17th June at Montpellier. The striker, who is 37 years today, went on to collect 118 caps for his country scoring a record 56 goals. The forward helped his country lift 2 AFCON titles and 1 Gold Medal in the Olympics. He is the most decorated African footballer of all times.
1. Norman Whiteside- 17 Years, 41 Days
In 1982 Spain World Cup, Norman Whiteside made his debut for Nothern Ireland in a group match against former Yugoslavia. He broke Pele record to become the youngest ever footballer to play in a World Cup. The former Manchester United and Everton midfielder still holds the record. The match was held at La Romareda in Zaragoza on 17 June.