Netherlands, Willems

Jetro Willems sets age mark

Associated Press

KHARKIV, Ukraine -- Netherlands left back Jetro Willems became the youngest player to compete at a European Championship, starting against Denmark in Saturday's Group B opener.

Willems, age 18 years and 71 days, was selected by coach Bert van Marwijk for the position left largely unclaimed since Giovanni van Bronckhorst retired after the World Cup final in 2010.

Willems breaks the mark set by Belgium's Enzo Scifo, who was 18 years and 115 days when he faced Yugoslavia in 1984.

Willems, who plays for PSV Eindhoven in the Netherlands, made his debut against Bulgaria just two weeks ago.

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