Udinese teen Simone Pafundi becomes youngest Italy cap in over 10 years

Udinese teen Simone Pafundi made his Italy debut in victory over Albania in last night’s friendly.

Attacking midfielder Pafundi was a late substitute for the Azzurri, becoming the youngest player to make his senior Italy debut in over 100 years, aged just 16 years and 247 days.

He doesn’t hold the overall record. Pietro Antonio Gavinelli was 16 years and 97 days when he took to the field in a 2-2 draw with France on April 9, 1911.

Renzo De Vecchi was next in line aged 16 years and 111 days when he made his debut in a 6-1 defeat to Hungary on May 26, 1910.

Pafundi was called up by coach Roberto Mancini after scoring four goals in five games for the Italy Under-17 team.