Five of the most memorable international debuts
Following Harry Kane’s impressive cameo performance on his debut in England’s 4-0 win over Lithuania in which he scored after 79 seconds, Coral review five of the most memorable international debuts. Check out what treats we have for you further down!
Rob Earnshaw: Wales v Germany
What better way to cap your debut than to score the winner against Germany. With barely a minute on the clock, Earnshaw latched onto a trademark John Hartson flick-on and, still with considerable work to do, held off two chasing defenders and fired a shot into the top corner from a tight angle past Oliver Kahn. Enjoy the action below!
Chris Iwelumo: Scotland v Norway
Perhaps the most memorable debuts in this feature, with all the hard work done, the ball flashed across the six yard box to the striker, who had an open goal to aim at though it came off his standing leg and went wide.
Luther Blissett: England v Luxembourg
To score a hat-trick on your debut is quite an achievement, no matter who the opposition are. The Three Lions ran out 9-0 winners over Luxembourg in their European Championship qualifier in 1982, with Blisset scoring a third of the haul.
Luis Suarez: Uruguay v Colombia
The Barcelona star was sent off after two yellow cards on his Uruguay debut, joining club teammate Lionel Messi who had the same happen to him. Suarez has since had a number of disciplinary issues, not least an alleged racist remark to Manchester United’s Patrice Evra, and a bite on Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic while playing for Liverpool, plus most notably a bite on Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini while at last year’s World Cup with Uruguay.
Zinedine Zidane: France v Czech Republic
Arguably one of the best players of the last decade, the former France midfielder capped his debut with a fine goal from long range. He went on to win the World Cup and European Championships with Les Bleus. Enjoy below, as Zidane scores on 2.20.