Portugal players Renato Sanches is set to break the record of the country as the youngest player to start in a major tournament.

Sanches is set to start in the game against Austria on Saturday, having already broken one of Cristiano Ronaldo's records.

He was a second-half substitute when Portugal played Iceland in the Euro 16 opener for the country. He became the youngest to appear for his country in a European Championship or World Cup as he was 18 years and 301 days old. Ronaldo was the former record holder as he was 19 when he appeared in his first major tournament appearance as a 19-year-old at Euro 2004.
At a news conference, the youngster said: “Everything is going well and I'm very happy to be here. I know there are other midfielders that are more experienced and have been more years playing in the national team than me but I'm well and ready to play.”

Portugal were very disappointed with the draw and the team’s coach Fernando Santos said he would make changes ahead of the next game Austria, who lost their opener 2-0 to Hungary.

Sanches continued saying the coach had the final say ahead of the game, when asked if he would like to start. He said he would gladly avail himself if the coach called on him. They were not among the favourites ahead of the tournament but they made the semi-final of the last campaign four years ago where they lost to Spain on penalties. Sanches said the result of the game won’t affect them much going into the next game.

Sanches is set to join German champions Bayern Munich after the club agreed to an initial 35 million Euros transfer fee from Benfica on a five-year deal.