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Bale record beaten by Welsh starlet

Liverpool's Harry Wilson has become Wales' youngest ever player - beating the previous record set by Gareth Bale.

At just 16 years and 207 days, Wilson beat the Real Madrid star's record by 108 days, despite having never appeared in a professional match before.

The Liverpool winger appeared as a late substitute in the 1-1 draw with Belgium on Tuesday night, ending any speculation that he may have switched allegiance to England.

In a story all to familiar to the recent Adnan Januzaj saga, Wilson qualifies to play for Wales having been born in Wrexham to two Welsh parents, but an English grandfather means he was eligible for a call up to Roy Hodgson's side.

Wales manager, Chris Coleman, gave Wilson the call after seeing his squad decimated by injury and Coleman has moved swiftly to deny claims that the youngster was only called up to prevent him switching his allegiance. 

Coleman told BBC Sport: "It wasn't just us wanting Harry Wilson's services. We know that. We spoke with his parents on Friday and they said he wanted to play for Wales which is great."

Wilson will hope to follow in the footsteps of compatriot Bale, but, having previously only played at under-18 level there's plenty of work to do before he breaks into Liverpool's squad.

Watch the video above to see Wilson showcasing his talents for Liverpool Under-18's.

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