- Associated Press - Saturday, June 9, 2012

KHARKIV, UKRAINE (AP) - Netherlands left back Jetro Willems will become the youngest player at a European Championship when he was picked to start against Denmark in Saturday’s Group B opener.

Willems, age 18 years and 71 days, was selected by coach Bert van Marwijk for the position left largely unclaimed since Giovanni van Bronckhorst retired after the World Cup final in 2010.

Willems will beat the mark of Belgium’s Enzo Scifo, who was 18 years and 115 days when he faced Yugoslavia at the 1984 edition. PSV Eindhoven’s Willems only made his debut against Bulgaria two weeks ago.