Chelsea fielded their youngest ever starting XI in the Premier League on Saturday.

Blues boss Frank Lampard picked four academy graduates to face Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge, three of whom hadn’t played in the Premier League until this season.

Reece James started ahead of Cesar Azpilicueta on Saturday

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Reece James started ahead of Cesar Azpilicueta on Saturday

Youngsters Mason Mount, Fikayo Tomori, Reece James and Tammy Abraham all got the nod as Lampard named a team with an average age of 24 years and 88 days.

It’s the most junior side to play for any club in the English top-flight this season – and you can hear how they get on live on talkSPORT.

And 41-year-old Lampard, the most youthful manager in the league, finds himself up against the oldest in Roy Hodgson, who is 72.

Lampard has put his trust in youth all season

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Lampard has put his trust in youth all season

James, the 19-year-old right-back, recently became the club’s youngest ever goalscorer in the Champions League by netting the equaliser during the crazy 4-4 draw with Ajax on Tuesday night.

He was picked to play ahead of captain Cesar Azpilicueta, ending a run of 73 straight starts in the Premier League.

It was the longest current run of any outfield player, with Bournemouth’s Nathan Ake now staking the claim with 65 consecutive starts.


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