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Wilshere, Foden, Walcott: The five youngest English goalscorers in Champions League history

Mason Greenwood continued his rapid rise at Manchester United with yet another goal in the club’s 5-0 victory over RB Leipzig on Wednesday night, the teenager opening the scoring with his first ever Champions League goal.

It’s the latest landmark in the career of a player who has emerged as a hugely exciting talent, Greenwood’s goal seeing him join an exclusive list English teenagers to make their mark amongst Europe’s elite.

Here are the five youngest English players to score a Champions League goal:

Jack Wilshere – 18 years, 9 months, 17 days

Jack Wilshere came through the academy system at Arsenal and was hailed as the future of both club and country, a gifted technical midfielder with the ability to make an immediate impact whilst still in his teenage years.

Wilshere became the youngest league debutant in the history of the north London side and swiftly established himself in the first-team, scoring his first Champions League goal during a rout of Shakhtar Donetsk in 2010.

Arsenal ran riot in a convincing group stage victory over their Ukrainian visitors at the Emirates, an 18-year-old Wilshere netting their fourth in a 5-1 victory with a clipped finish.

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It was a highlight in a career-best season that saw the midfielder named as the PFA Young Player of the Year, injuries since sadly decimating much of his career and robbing Wilshere of that initial youthful spark.

Phil Foden – 18 years, 9 months, 12 days

Phil Foden is the fourth youngest English player to score a Champions League goal, netting his first goal in the competition during Manchester City’s victory over Schalke in March 2019.

Pep Guardiola’s side headed into the second leg of their last-16 tie in possession of a 3-2 lead from the first clash in Germany, but there was nothing close about the scoreline in the return as they cruised into the last eight.

City scored seven times without reply on a humiliating evening for Schalke in Manchester, Foden netting the host’s sixth with his first goal in continental competition.

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The Stockport-born teenager collected a pass from the irresistible Leroy Sane before confidently rounding the goalkeeper and slotting home, becoming the youngest ever English goal scorer in a knockout stage tie.

Theo Walcott – 18 years, 7 months, 7 days

Arsene Wenger’s in-form Arsenal set a host of records with a thumping victory over Slavia Prague in October 2007, a fixture that saw Theo Walcott eclipse Wayne Rooney to become England’s youngest ever Champions League goalscorer.

The teenager started upfront alongside Emmanuel Adebayor and scored twice as the Gunners closed in on a place in the knockout stages with a 7-0 victory at the Emirates, equalling the record for biggest winning margin in a Champions League fixture at that time.

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Walcott’s goals were just his second and third in an Arsenal shirt since signing from Southampton, helping seal a 12th successive win for the north London outfit – equalling their best ever run under the management of Wenger.

Jadon Sancho – 18 years, 6 months, 29 days

Jadon Sancho left Manchester City for Borussia Dortmund in search of regular first-team football in 2017, the winger convinced he was ready to play at the highest level.

After being given a handful of appearances in his debut season he burst into life during the 2018/19 campaign, including scoring his first Champions League goal during a 4-0 thrashing of Atletico Madrid.

Sancho came off the bench to tap home from Achraf Hakimi’s cross following a lightning counter-attack from Dortmund, who inflicted the heaviest loss of Diego Simeone’s Atletico reign.

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Sancho’s goal was the first of four he has scored in the Champions League to date, including a penalty in Dortmund’s 2-0 win over Zenit St Petersburg on Wednesday night.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 18 years, 1 Month, 13 days

England’s youngest ever Champions League goalscorer is Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who found the net for Arsenal against Olympiakos just a little more than a month after his 18th birthday.

Oxlade-Chamberlain signed for the north London side from Southampton in 2011 and quickly made an impact impression at the Emirates, scoring on his Champions League debut in a 2-1 victory against the Greek side in September.

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The midfielder spent a further six seasons at Arsenal before moving to Liverpool, forming part of the squad which reached successive Champions League finals.

The latter of those saw the Reds crowned champions of Europe for a sixth time after defeating Tottenham in only the second all-English final in 2019, making Oxlade-Chamberlain the only player in this feature with a winners’ medal.

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