Warren Zaire-Emery makes history, becomes youngest player to debut with France

France v Gibraltar: Group B - UEFA EURO 2024 European Qualifiers
France v Gibraltar: Group B - UEFA EURO 2024 European Qualifiers / Jonathan Moscrop/GettyImages

In a historic moment for French football, Paris Saint-Germain's wunderkind Warren Zaire-Emery etched his name in the record books of the nation by becoming France's youngest post-war player to make his debut with the senior team.

The 17-year-old phenom made his national team debut in Saturday's Euro 2024 Qualifiers against Gibraltar, setting a milestone at the age of 17 years, eight months, and 11 days, and doing so as part of France's starting XI.

Zaire-Emery's record broke the mark set by Real Madrid's Eduardo Camavinga, who made his debut at 17 years and nine months in September 2020.

Even WZE's teammate and world champion Kylian Mbappe was 18 when he earned his first cap for France more than five years ago.

France, currently leading Group B by six points over the Netherlands, needs only two more points from their remaining matches to secure a place among the top five seeds in the Euro 2024 group stage draw, having already secured qualification in the first international break of the season a few weeks back.

Zaire-Emery made his PSG debut last season, back in August, entering the field as a substitute against Clermont at the age of 16 years, four months, and 29 days. From then on, he's become an ever-growing talent and his presence on PSG lineups is hardly surprising these days.

This season alone, WZE has made 15 appearances for PSG across all competitions, contributing two goals and two assists in those games.