Teenage kicks: Sancho joins list of youngest English Champions League scorers

Jadon Sancho became the second youngest Englishman to score in the Champions League with his goal in Borussia Dortmund’s 4-0 win over Atletico Madrid on Wednesday.

Here, Football Paradise looks at the top five players on the list:

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (in September 2011, aged 18 years and 44 days)

Oxlade-Chamberlain (left) scored on his Champions League debut (Nick Potts/PA).
Oxlade-Chamberlain (left) scored on his Champions League debut (Nick Potts/PA).

Having joined Arsenal from Southampton over the summer, Oxlade-Chamberlain made it two goals in two starts for the Gunners when he marked his Champions League debut by netting an early opener in the 2-1 home victory over Olympiakos. The midfielder made the most of a ricochet off Ivan Marcano as he drove a low shot into the bottom right corner of the net.

Jadon Sancho (in October 2018, aged 18 years and 213 days)

Sancho’s superb start to the season continued as he put Dortmund 3-0 up against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday. The winger signed from Manchester City last year, who has produced six assists in the Bundesliga this term and made his England debut in the recent draw with Croatia, slotted in from six yards in the 83rd minute, four minutes after coming off the bench.

Theo Walcott (in October 2007, aged 18 years and 221 days)

Theo Walcott's landmark strike against Slavia Prague was the first goal of a brace (Sean Dempsey/PA).
Theo Walcott’s landmark strike against Slavia Prague was the first goal of a brace (Sean Dempsey/PA).

Walcott went to the top of the list 11 years ago when Arsenal thrashed Slavia Prague 7-0 at the Emirates Stadium. He scored a brace, with the landmark first goal coming shortly before the break, the forward intercepting an attempted clearance by goalkeeper Martin Vaniak, going around the goalkeeper and striking home from just outside the box.

Jack Wilshere (in October 2010, aged 18 years and 291 days)

Jack Wilshere's goal came in a 5-1 win against Shakhtar Donetsk (Sean Dempsey/PA).
Jack Wilshere’s goal came in a 5-1 win against Shakhtar Donetsk (Sean Dempsey/PA).

Arsenal academy product Wilshere netted in another thumping home win for the north London club, a 5-1 victory over Shakhtar Donetsk. The midfielder made it 4-0 in the 66th minute as he lifted the ball over Andriy Pyatov after exchanging passes with Tomas Rosicky.

Wayne Rooney (in September 2004, aged 18 years and and 340 days)

Wayne Rooney scored a memorable hat-trick on his first Champions League appearance (Phil Noble/PA).
Wayne Rooney scored a memorable hat-trick on his first Champions League appearance (Phil Noble/PA).

Rooney became the Champions League’s youngest English scorer on his first appearance in the competition – his unforgettable Manchester United debut, which saw him net a hat-trick as Fenerbahce were trounced 6-2 at Old Trafford. The forward’s first goal in his fantastic treble came in the 17th minute when he latched on to a Ruud van Nistelrooy pass and fired in from the edge of the box.

:: Liverpool and England full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold was aged 18 years and 312 days when he scored in the 2-1 qualifying play-off first-leg win at Hoffenheim in August 2017.

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