Camavinga seeks to make history

The Rennes midfielder may become the third youngest player to wear the French national team shirt on Saturday at 17 years and 9 months.


On Saturday, Eduardo Camavinga can continue to break barriers at just 17 years old. The midfielder has become one of the great sensations of European football, attracting the interest of big clubs, including Real Madrid and celebrating his great moment of form with his first call-up with the French team.

Camavinga can become the third youngest player to wear Les Bleus colors against Sweden. The record for precocity is still held by Julien Verbrugghe, who made his debut in 1906 at 16 years and 10 months. Eight years later, Maurice Gastiger, precisely a Rennes legend, came close to surpassing Verbrugghe, but fell six months away from the record.

At 17 years and 9 months, the Franco-Angolan midfielder could place himself on the podium in the history of the French national team, beating Rene Gerard, who, in 1932, at 17 years and 11 months, established himself in the third position of players younger to wear the "Tricolor". Camavinga, who will not start against Sweden, could be the 48th player that Deschamps has made his debut since he took the reins of the national team in 2012.

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