Wales’ 1-1 draw with Belgium saw the introduction of a player dubbed by some as the ‘new Gareth Bale’ aged just 16 years old.
On Tuesday night Wales secured a credible draw against a side ranked 6th in the world rankings. Belgium had already secured their place in the World Cup next year but it was still a superb result for Chris Coleman’s men.
It saw Craig Bellamy end his international career on a high and it also saw the introduction of a 16-year-old who could be the star of Wales‘s future.
Harry Wilson is aged just 16 years and 207 days but came on against Belgium to feature for the last three minutes. He became Wales’ youngest ever international, and thanked fans for their support after the game.
He beat Gareth Bale’s previous record by 108 days. Could Wilson go on to have as much success as Bale?
With Bale still being relatively young himself, and Aaron Ramsey too, the Welsh national side look to have a promising future. Craig Bellamy bowed out with a great performance alongside someone less than half his age.
Wilson has been impressing in Liverpool‘s academy, and the midfielder was quickly called up by Wales perhaps in order to secure the players future. Harry was born in Wrexham and both his parents are Welsh but could have qualified for England through a grandparent. He will continue to represent Wales now though having appeared for them in a competitive international. He now has the chance to play alongside one of his idols Gareth Bale.
Manchester United reportedly passed up the opportunity to sign Wilson before joining Liverpool. Judging by the progress he has made already they could live to regret that.
The goal below shows the sort of talent Wilson can produce. He is a fan of taking on long shots, and Wales will look to nurture this talent to get the best out of the Liverpool player.