France have a rising star on their hands and his name is Eduardo Camavinga.
The world began to hear about the teenage sensation following his stunning performance for Rennes in a 2-1 win against PSG in August 2019.
Camavinga was just 16 years old at the time. But that didn’t stop him from bossing PSG, becoming the youngest player to record an assist in Ligue 1 since Opta began analysing the competition in 2006/07.
Dubbed ‘the most exciting teenager in world football’ by The Guardian in September, it was only a matter of time before the midfielder earned his first call-up to the France squad.
And after receiving the call in August, he made his debut for the reigning world champions in a 4-2 win against Croatia last month, replacing N’Golo Kante midway through the second half.
Camavinga shone vs Ukraine
Clearly impressed by Camavinga’s development, Didier Deschamps called the Rennes man up for October’s matches against Ukraine, Portugal and Croatia.
And the France boss entrusted Camavinga to start in Wednesday’s game against Ukraine at the Stade de France.
Nine minutes into the game and his decision was fully justified.
Camavinga gave France an early lead with a beautiful bicycle kick from close range.
In finding the back of the net, Camavinga became the youngest goalscorer in France history at just 17 years and 11 months.
The sky really is the limit for the youngster – who has already been linked with a move to Real Madrid – and we can fully expect him to be a part of France’s squad at next year’s European Championship.
Watch his individual highlights
His individual highlights from Wednesday’s game, which France won 7-1, have now emerged, and they’re a joy to watch.
Camavinga’s composure, flair and confidence were all on display as he sent the world another reminder of his enormous talent.
Throw Camavinga into a squad that already includes the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba and more, and it’s scary to think of how dominant this France side could be.
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