17 Oct 2013

Harry Wilson becomes Wales' youngest ever footballer

6:20 pm on 17 October 2013

Welsh teenager Harry Wilson has become the youngest player ever to play football for his country - earning his grandfather a small fortune and an early retirement in the process.

Liverpool winger Wilson broke a record previously held by Real Madrid superstar Gareth Bale when he played in yeserday's 1-all draw away to Belgium at the age of 16 years and 207 days.

It was a cause for double celebration for his grandfather, Pete Edwards, who in 2000 when his grandson was just 2, placed a 50 pound bet that he would one day play for Wales at odds of 2500 to 1.

Wilson's appearance as an 87th-minute substitute yesterday earned his grandfather the equivalent of 237 thousand New Zealand dollars.