Ben Brereton

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Ben Brereton
Personal information
Full name Benjamin Anthony Brereton[1]
Date of birth (1999-04-18) 18 April 1999 (age 19)[2]
Place of birth Stoke-on-Trent, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)[3]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Blackburn Rovers
Number 19
Youth career
0000–2015 Stoke City
2015–2017 Nottingham Forest
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2017–2019 Nottingham Forest 53 (8)
2018–2019Blackburn Rovers (loan) 16 (0)
2019– Blackburn Rovers 1 (0)
National team
2017–2018 England U19 18 (5)
2018– England U20 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:34, 2 February 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21:45, 10 September 2018 (UTC)

Benjamin Anthony Brereton (born 18 April 1999) is an English professional footballer who plays as a striker for Blackburn Rovers and the England under-20 team.

Early life[edit]

Brereton was born in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire[4] and attended Blythe Bridge High School.[5]

Club career[edit]

Nottingham Forest[edit]

Brereton signed with Championship club Nottingham Forest in the summer of 2015 after his release from Stoke City.[3] Following his impressive form in the club's academy teams, with 15 goals in 20 appearances, Brereton signed a new contract with the club on 31 December 2016.[6] Brereton made his first-team debut for Forest on 25 January 2017 as a 76th-minute substitute during a 2–0 loss to Leeds United.[7] He scored his first goal on 4 February, netting in injury-time against Aston Villa to give Forest a 2–1 victory.[8]

On 27 March 2017, having made ten appearances and scoring against Fulham and Brentford, Brereton was nominated for the Championship Apprentice of the Year award. He was one of three players nominated, the others named as Lloyd Kelly of Bristol City and Sheffield Wednesday's George Hirst.[9] Brereton was announced as the winner at the EFL Awards at the Hilton Hotel, Park Lane, on 9 April.[10] He signed a long-term contract with Forest on 22 June 2017, keeping him under contract at the club until June 2021.[11]

Blackburn Rovers[edit]

On 28 August 2018, Brereton signed for Blackburn Rovers on loan, with a view to making the transfer permanent in the January 2019 transfer window.[12] On 4 January 2019, the move was made permanent for an undisclosed fee.[13]

International career[edit]

In March 2017, Brereton received his first call-up to an England side after being named in the under-19s squad for games against their Spanish, Norwegian and Belarusian counterparts. Having started his side's 3–0 defeat of Spain and coming off the bench for the 5–1 beating of Belarus, manager Keith Downing praised his performances and ease at settling into the squad.[14]

Brereton was subsequently called up to represent England at the 2017 UEFA European Under-19 Championship.[15] In the group stage, he scored the winner against the Netherlands[16] and twice against Germany.[17] Brereton was a second-half substitute during the victory against Portugal in the final.[18] His total of three goals meant Brereton was joint top goalscorer at the tournament.[19] Brereton also played at the 2018 UEFA European Under-19 Championship, scoring his only goal of the tournament in the opening group stage match against Turkey.[20]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 4 January 2019
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Nottingham Forest 2016–17[21] EFL Championship 18 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 18 3
2017–18[22] EFL Championship 35 5 2 1 2 0 0 0 39 6
Total 53 8 2 1 2 0 0 0 57 9
Blackburn Rovers 2018–19[23] EFL Championship 16 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 17 0
Total 16 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 17 0
Career total 69 8 2 1 3 0 0 0 74 9

Honours[edit]

England U19

Individual

References[edit]

  1. ^ "EFL: Club retained and released lists published". English Football League. 23 June 2016. Retrieved 4 February 2018.
  2. ^ "Ben Brereton". 11v11.com. AFS Enterprises. Retrieved 4 February 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Ben Brereton". Nottingham Forest F.C. Retrieved 4 February 2018.
  4. ^ Church, Daniel (6 February 2017). "Shoot for the Stars: Nottingham Forest's Ben Brereton". Shoot. Pedigree Group. Retrieved 4 February 2018.
  5. ^ Smith, Pete (12 March 2017). "Transfer gossip: Liverpool plan £10m bid for Nottingham Forest's Blythe Bridge ace Ben Brereton". The Sentinel. Stoke-on-Trent. Archived from the original on 14 March 2017.
  6. ^ Davies, Matt (31 December 2016). "Nottingham Forest striker Ben Brereton signs new contract". Nottingham Post. Archived from the original on 1 January 2017.
  7. ^ "Leeds 2–0 Forest". Nottingham Forest F.C. 25 January 2017. Retrieved 4 February 2018.
  8. ^ Mitchell, Brendon (4 February 2017). "Nottingham Forest 2–1 Aston Villa". BBC Sport. Retrieved 4 February 2018.
  9. ^ Davies, Matt (27 March 2017). "Nottingham Forest striker Ben Brereton shortlisted for Championship Apprentice of the Year award". Nottingham Post. Archived from the original on 29 May 2017.
  10. ^ a b "Brereton wins Apprentice of the Year award". Nottingham Forest Football Club F.C. 10 April 2017. Retrieved 24 November 2017.
  11. ^ "Brereton signs new long-term deal". Nottingham Forest F.C. 22 June 2017. Retrieved 4 February 2018.
  12. ^ "Rovers complete Brereton coup!". Blackburn Rovers F.C. 28 August 2018. Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  13. ^ https://www.nottinghamforest.co.uk/news/2019/january/brereton-joins-blackburn/
  14. ^ Davies, Matt (27 March 2017). "He's had a good week – England boss praises Ben Brereton's international impact". Nottingham Post. Archived from the original on 30 March 2017.
  15. ^ "Forest players on international duty". Nottingham Forest F.c. 16 June 2017. Retrieved 4 February 2018.
  16. ^ Walker, Andy (6 July 2017). "England U19s 1–0 Netherlands". The Football Association. Retrieved 24 November 2017.
  17. ^ "European Under-19 Championship: England beat Germany to reach semi-finals". BBC Sport. 9 July 2017. Retrieved 4 February 2018.
  18. ^ a b Walker, Andy (15 July 2017). "Portugal 1–2 England U19s". The Football Association. Retrieved 24 November 2017.
  19. ^ "Four share Under-19 top scorers' prize". UEFA. 15 July 2017. Retrieved 24 November 2017.
  20. ^ "England beat Turkey 3-2 in European Under-19 Championship opener". BBC Sport. 17 July 2018. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  21. ^ "Games played by Ben Brereton in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
  22. ^ "Games played by Ben Brereton in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  23. ^ "Games played by Ben Brereton in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 2 August 2018.

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