Donnarumma becomes youngest goalkeeper to play for Italy

Gianluigi Donnarumma has become the youngest goalkeeper ever to appear for the Italy national team.

The 17-year-old replaced Juventus No.1 Gianluigi Buffon at half-time in the friendly meeting with France to break the record, and became the third youngest Italy international of all-time in the process.

Remarkably, 38-year-old Buffon made his own debut two years before Donnarumma was born, on October 29, 1997.

Donnarumma, who plays his club football for AC Milan, also takes the honour of being the youngest player to feature for Italy for 105 years.

In 2015 he also broke the Milan record as youngest goalkeeper, making his Serie A debut against Sassuolo at the age of 16 and eight months.

Donnarumma had been tipped to join Italy’s Euro 2016 squad after a brilliant debut season, but he was ultimately overlooked by coach Antonio Conte.

New Azzurri boss Giampaolo Ventura, included the youngster in his first senior squad to face Italy and Israel, although he may have to bide his time in international colours as the evergreen Buffon continues as No. 1.

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