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Premier League XI: Young goalscorers

Rooney scored a memorable goal against Arsenal in 2002 (©GettyImages)
Rooney scored a memorable goal against Arsenal in 2002 (©GettyImages).

The Premier League is arguably the best league in the world for entertainment - and also for youngsters breaking onto the scene.

It seems every season there is a new starlet bursting into the spotlight and since it's introduction back in 1992, there have been many teenagers stealing the headlines week-in, week-out.

Now I know what you are thinking: surely a young scorers XI will feature a bunch of strikers filling the 11 places. Well, that is not how I put together my XIs.

I find the youngest goalscorers in each suitable position.

With this process it means that a suitable team is fielded, but it also means that a lot of players miss out despite being one of the youngest ever Premier League scorers.

Unfortunately for the goalkeeping position, I have not been able to find out who actually scored their goal at the youngest age, so I have missed out that position.

Who makes the youngest scorers XI? Find out below (all statistics available are available at Transfermarkt)

Goalkeeper | N/A
Right-back: Michael Ball | Age: 17 years 11 months 25 days (Everton 2-2 Arsenal, 1997)
Centre-back: Sol Campbell | Age: 18 years 02 months 17 days (Tottenham 1-2 Chelsea, 1992)
Centre-back: Micah Richards | Age: 18 years 03 months 06 days (Everton 1-1 Manchester City, 2006)
Left-back: Rafael | Age: 18 years 03 months 30 days (Arsenal 2-1 Manchester United, 2008)
Right-wing: James Milner | Age: 16 years 11 months 22 days (Sunderland 1-2 Leeds, 2002)
Centre-midfielder: Cesc Fabregas | Age: 17 years 03 months 21 days (Arsenal 3-0 Blackburn, 2004)
Centre-midfielder: Lee Cattermole | Age: 18 years 00 months 11 days (Manchester City 0-1 Middlesborough, 2006)
Left-wing: Andy Turner | Age: 17 years 05 months 13 days (Tottenham 2-1 Everton, 1992)
Striker: James Vaughan | Age: 16 years 08 months 27 days (Everton 4-0 Crystal Palace, 2005)
Striker: Wayne Rooney | Age: 16 years 11 months 26 days (Everton 2-1 Arsenal, 2002)

So there is the youngest outfield team. James Vaughan is officially the youngest goalscorer during the Premier League era after scoring his first goal for Everton at just 16-years-old.

The most famous youngster scoring, though, is Wayne Rooney, who is now one of the best players in the world. His first goal came for his boyhood club Everton. His long-range strike against Arsenal was a beauty and made the commentator come out with the famous quote: "Remember the name, Wayne Rooney!".

 

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