Rico Lewis, the 19-year old English defender who plays for English Premier League club, Manchester City made his debut for the England national football team in their last Euro 2024 qualifier match against North Macedonia yesterday.
The match ended in a disappointing 1-1 draw which has resulted in many England fans lashing out at the manager Gareth Southgate on social media. However, amidst the negativity, Lewis dazzled on his debut according to the national team’s manager and termed his performance as being “excellent.”
Lewis was born on 21 November, 2004 in the city of Bury in Greater Manchester, UK. He had a Colombian mother and his father was French. He also has an elder sister called Sacha.
From childhood, Lewis was a loyal supporter of Manchester City and joined the team’s academy at the tender age of 11 as he was noticed by the club’s scouts when he was playing for a local team.
As per reports, he showcased immense talent and versatility as a young player as he was able to play in multiple positions such as a full-back and defensive midfielder.
Due to his impressive performances, Lewis quickly rose up the ranks and made his debut for City’s under-18 team at the age of 15. With this team, he won the under-18 league cup and also got the award for the “Player of the Year.”
As he kept up his shining performances, he got the opportunity to debut for City’s first-team on 13 August 2022 against fellow league opponents AFC Bournemouth. He was substituted on for the veteran English defender Kyle Walker in the 82nd minute of the match.
Lewis scored his first goal for the Cityzens (nickname of Manchester City) 2 November 2022 against Spanish league club, Sevilla in the European competition,