15-year-old Norwegian to play UAE friendly
OSLO, Norway (AP) — A 15-year-old has been selected by Norway for their upcoming friendly against the United Arab Emirates on Aug. 27, making him the youngest ever player to be called into the squad.
Martin Odegaard, a midfielder with Norwegian club Stromsgodset, says “it is huge” to play for a team that he has watched on television.
Born Dec. 17, 1998, Odegaard has already represented the U-17 side, including appearances against the United States, France and Scotland.
“This is a dream come true. This is something I have dreamt about since I was a little boy,” Odegaard said Tuesday.
“I am incredibly proud to play with the flag on my chest and represent my country,” he added.
Coach Per-Mathias Hogmo included the teenager in his squad, after a string of impressive performances for his club.
Hogmo said Tuesday that he considered Odegaard “would be one of this year’s rising stars.”
“I am looking forward seeing him in action,” he added.
Stromgodset are currently third in Norway’s top-tier Tippeliga league.
Tormod Kjellsen, is the youngest player to have played for Norway, after making his debut aged 15 years and 351 days when he played against Sweden in 1910, the Norwegian federation said.