Mark Edward "Eddie" Russell, Jr. (born May 3, 2002) is a former English footballer who played at right wing for Everton, Manchester United, New York City FC and the English national team, which he captained to victory in the 2033 FIFA Confederations Cup and third place in the 2034 FIFA World Cup, both on home soil. Regarded as one of the best players of his generation and one of the best English talents of all time, Russell was capped 130 times and scored 64 goals for his native country, both Three Lions records.
Russell was the PFA Young Player of the Year during the 2020-21 Premier League, when he scored 30 goals to help Everton win the top flight of English football for the first time since 1987, a drought of 34 years. The win came one year after rival Liverpool had won their first domestic title in 30 years, leading to tremendous interest around the world in Merseyside football. Russell was bought by Manchester United that summer at only 19 for a teenage-record 75 million pounds, and immediately paid dividends, scoring six goals in Champions League play as the Red Devils won their first European Cup since 2008 and placed second in the Premier League to Liverpool, with Russell placing third in scoring with 29 goals. Russell would score more than 25 goals in twelve straight Premier League seasons from 2021-2033, all at United, surpassing thirty goals on seven of those occasions. Russell became famous as a "Dirty Devil" for his off-field escapades along with teammate and fellow midfielder Kenji Masuhito. Russell was part of the United team that won the Premier League for the first time in 14 years in 2027 and won a European double in 2028 as United won its second European Cup of the decade and second straight Premiership. In 2032, Russell would win a domestic double with United as they took a third Premiership, this time with him as Captain, as well as the FA Cup. Russell would leave United in 2035 to join New York City FC, where he would once again be frequently stymied by rival José Morales with Los Angeles FC.
With England, Russell was a key contributor at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Australia, scoring the winning goal against Brazil in the quarterfinal and was named the Best Young Player for his contributions, which in the end totaled two goals and two assists. Russell won a silver medal as England lost 2-1 to France in extra time in the 2022 FIFA World Cup Final.