There will be few 17-year-olds who can say they had a better weekend than Liverpool’s Ben Woodburn.
The teenager dominated headlines on Saturday as he scored a stunning debut goal for Wales within five minutes of coming on as a second-half substitute.
His strike proved to be the winner as Chris Coleman’s men earned a vital three points against Austria in their pursuit of a place in next year’s World Cup finals.
Leicester midfielder Andy King has revealed how Woodburn’s teammates welcomed him in the dressing room after his moment in the spotlight.
“We all gave him a round of applause in there when we got to the dressing room and he is obviously delighted – and so he should be,” he told Wales Online.
“He needs to savour that moment. Things move on quickly in football but that is something he will always definitely remember. It was an outstanding goal but not only was it brilliant but the significance of it as well was really important for us.”
“It’s a bit of a fairytale, unbelievable really. It was a great strike but not only that , it was the way he came into a tight game but he was composed on the ball and managed to find space.”
“It was full credit to him and everyone in there was buzzing for him.”
Dream come true!!! Proud to get my first international cap and goal😀 team and fans were unreal👏 onto Moldova Tuesday now 🐉pic.twitter.com/cYWTvJjSIY
— ben woodburn (@BenWoodburn) September 2, 2017
Though Woodburn’s talent has been known amongst Liverpool fans for sometime, Saturday was an introduction to the rest of football.
He now boasts the title of Wales’ second youngest goalscorer, to add to his place as the youngest player ever to score for Liverpool.
It marks the latest landmark moment for an exquisite young talent looking to build on his breakout 2016/2017 season.