Angel Gomes becomes first player born this century to play in the Premier League

Gomes in action for England under 16s

The first Premier League footballer to be born this millennium made his debut this weekend.

Angel Gomes came on as an 88th-minute substitute for Manchester United - at the age of 16 years and 263 days old.

The attacker, who replaced Wayne Rooney, called his appearance a "dream come true".

Not many people had heard of the highly-rated youngster before his appearance on Sunday - so here's what we know about him.

Angel Gomes playing against Crystal Palace
Image caption Angel Gomes came on against Crystal Palace in Man Utd's final Premier League game of the season

'London born, Salford raised'

Angel Gomes was born in London in August 2000, but has spent most of his life in Salford, Greater Manchester.

His dad, Gil Gomes, was a footballer who played for a number of non-league clubs in England in the early 2000s.

Angel joined Man Utd's youth set-up at the age of six, and has worked his way up through the ranks since then.

He was one of four Man Utd players to make their debuts on Sunday - the others were Joel Castro Pereira, Demi Mitchell and goalscorer Josh Harrop.

Angel, who plays in the number 10 position, is also said to be the cousin of ex-Man Utd winger Nani.

Although Man Utd would not confirm their relationship to Newsbeat, the two are clearly close, with Nani touting Gomes for big things on social media.

He has said that Nani and Cristiano Ronaldo are two of his "childhood idols".

England's next big thing?

Callum Hudson-Odoi, Angel Gomes, Jonathan Panzo and Jadon Sancho
Image caption Callum Hudson-Odoi, Angel Gomes, Jonathan Panzo and Jadon Sancho in training for England Under-17s

Angel Gomes's heritage means he would be eligible to play for Portugal and Angola, but he has opted to play for England's youth teams so far.

He has already captained England under-16s and under-17s.

Three days before making his Man Utd debut, Angel won Man Utd's prestigious Jimmy Murphy Youth Team Player of the Year trophy.

On winning the award, he told MUTV: "It's a dream come true. Being a young age, it's things like this you wish for."

He is the youngest player ever to win the award. Previous winners include Marcus Rashford, Danny Welbeck and Ryan Giggs.

Angel wasn't even born when the likes of Giggs, David Beckham and Gary Neville helped Man Utd win their famous treble in 1999.

Another player in that squad, Nicky Butt, is now the head of United's academy.

He has said that Angel Gomes is a player that they have "massive hopes for".

He's not the first millennium baby to play in Britain

Celtic's Jack Aitchison, born on 5 March 2000, scored on his debut - with his first touch - on the final game of the 2015-2016 season.

A week earlier, Callum Styles had become the first player born in 2000 to feature in the English Football League, making his debut for Bury.

Unfortunately for Bury, he wasn't registered properly and they were deducted three points.

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