Man City ace Rico Lewis handed England senior debut by Gareth Southgate

The Blues academy product – who turns 19 on Tuesday – becomes the second-youngest City player to make his bow for the Three Lions. Micah Richards holds the record, having made his maiden appearance aged 222 days younger than Lewis.

Lewis – who was initially selected for the under-21s – was called up to the senior squad for the first time this month after several injury withdrawals. He has been asked to play left-back with fellow City stars also making the XI on the night.

Kyle Walker takes the armband at right-back while Phil Foden and Jack Grealish are also given the nod. Kalvin Phillips could make an appearance from the bench.

Speaking in the days ahead of the match, Lewis – who also operates as a midfielder – said he hopes his versatility can earn him a place in the Euro 2024 squad next summer with England having already booked their place in Germany.

He said: Obviously, in terms of a tournament, you can only select the amount you can select and it can be a key factor in going or not going. But for me, I am not really focusing on that right now but I understand it is a key thing that could contribute to me being picked or not.

Anywhere I played, I would relish it. Whether it is right back, midfield, left back – I am not really bothered. Obviously I just love playing football and at the moment it is going really well. Any opportunity I get, I will do my best to take it.

Obviously the manager has asked me about where I want to play, my favourite position, stuff like that. General conversations, but nothing about game time. This is not something I expected, especially coming into the international week when I was in the Under 21s. Obviously a lot of things happened and fortunately for me I am here now.