Martin Odegaard to make international debut aged 15

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Martin Odegaard looks set to become Norway’s youngest ever player when they play United Arab Emirates in friendly next week.

The attacking midfielder will be 15 years and 253 days on the day of the game and told reporters how amazed he was regarding his call-up.

“This is a dream come true,” remarked Odegaard, who has been watched by Manchester United, Barcelona and Bayern Munich amongst others. “I am shocked."

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Domestic form

Despite only scoring three times in 14 appearances for his club Stromsgodset IF this season, his performances have astonished national coach Per-Mattias Hogmo who seemed to know that Odegaard could achieve this feat.

He said to reporters: "I said before the season that he could be the youngest player ever to play for our senior team.” The Norwegians are scheduled to play England on September 3 at Wembley in a friendly.

Record breaker

If Odegaard becomes Norway’s youngest ever player, it’s a tag that he should be used to by now.

When he made his debut for Stromsgodset in April 13 of this year, the Norwegian wonder kid became the youngest ever footballer to play in the Tippeliga - Norway’s top division.

As well as this, after signing a professional contract with Godset (Stromsgodset’s nickname) for 2014 and 2015 he became the youngest ever player in the Tippeliga to score a goal - Odegaard was still 15-years-old at the time.

Better than Messi and Ronaldo?

Martin Odegaard could eclipse the top two players in world football at the moment if he does make his international debut later on this month, and by some distance.

Lionel Messi, the three-time FIFA Ballon d’Or winner and World Soccer Player of the Year, made his international debut on August 17 2005 aged 18.

Cristiano Ronaldo, who is the current FIFA Ballon d’Or winner and took away Messi’s crown last year, made his Portuguese debut also aged 18 in a friendly against Kazakhstan over nine years ago.

While he is still developing and has not fully grown yet, Odegaard could be a name to remember in years to come.

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