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RB Leipzig didn’t exist last time an English player scored in the Bundesliga

Ademola Lookman's goal for RB Leipzig was the first by an English-born player since Owen Hargreaves struck for Bayern Munich on 5 August 2005

On 5 August 2005 Owen Hargreaves scored for Bayern Munich in a 3-0 win against Borussia Monchengladbach.

Fellow Englishmen Ryan Kent, Michael Mancienne, Kaylen Hinds, Reece Oxford and Jadon Sancho have since tried and failed to find the back of the net in the Bundesliga.

But it took England Under-21 forward Ademola Lookman just ten minutes of his Bundesliga debut to score for RB Leipzig.


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The 20-year-old joined Leipzig from Everton on the final day of the January transfer window, much to the dismay of Sam Allardyce.

But hours after Everton were stuffed 5-1 by Arsenal Lookman was scoring the winner against Monchengladbach, just as Hargreaves had done for Bayern 13 years earlier.

Incredibly Leipzig didn’t even exist last time and Englishman scored in the Bundesliga.

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Leipzig weren’t formed until 2009, by which time Hargreaves had left the Bundesliga to join Man United.

Nine years on and Leipzig are fighting it out to be the best of the rest in Germany, where Bayern are already 18 points clear at the top of the table.

Lookman will be hoping that a good run of form will catch Gareth Southgate’s eye in time for the 2018 World Cup.

He’s already rejected the chance to play for Nigeria, although Gernot Rohr could make another attempt to call him up.

Who said Brits can’t thrive abroad?


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