Belgium-born winger of Ghanaian descent, Jérémy Doku, has become the youngest player to start a knockout stage game for Belgium after being handed a starting role in Roberto Martinez’s team for the Euro 2020 Championship quarterfinal game against Italy.
Doku, 19, after Friday’s game, has become the youngest Red Devil ever to kick off a match with a direct elimination at a major tournament.
The ex-player of Anderlecht’s birthday is on May 27 and is therefore 19 years and 36 days at the time of the quarterfinals against Italy.
19 – Jéremy Doku (19y 36d) is the youngest player ever to start a knockout stage match for @BelRedDevils at a major tournament (World Cup/EUROs), the previous youngest was Divock Origi at the World Cup 2014 (19y 74d). Starlet. #BEL #EURO2020 #BELITA pic.twitter.com/foLo7n5RkU
— OptaJohan (@OptaJohan) July 2, 2021
This piece of history pure demonstrates Doku’s top talent in the French Ligue 1 at Rennes since joining them in October 2020.
Origi was in the starting line-up in the eighth-finals against the United States at the 2014 World Cup, when he was 19 years and 74 days.